Russian Paralympic athletes will now not go to Rio, to the 2018 Iciness Games in Pyeongchang and a number of different global competitions. Sports activities officials interviewed by RBTH had been remarkably sanguine on the ban, with a few observers even seeing a silver lining inside the relatively publicized scandal.
The suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) with the aid of the worldwide Paralympic Committee (IPC) following revelations that the former have been worried in a kingdom-subsidized doping program robotically includes the suspension of Russian athletes from both the Paralympics and other worldwide tournaments. But how critically will it hit the Russian Paralympic motion in wellknown?
Rima Batalova, a 13-time Paralympic champion, the vp of the RPC and a country Duma deputy, is looking on humans not to magnify. She believes that it’s miles nevertheless too early to talk approximately any severe results for Paralympic Sports in Russia, due to the fact the organisation will do the entirety feasible for the earliest possible restoration of its former status. “I talked to [Sergei] Lavrov, the overseas minister has already commented on this case, they got concerned and will no longer sit down idle,” Batalova instructed RBTH.
Sergei Shilov, a six-time Paralympic champion in move-country skiing and a member of the RPC govt committee, is also no longer giving up on Paralympic Sports in Russia. “I do now not think that Sports activities can be closed in Russia,” Shilov advised RBTH.
Sergei Shilov on a race music all through a schooling camp for the Russian Paralympic Biathlon Group, 2013 / Artur Lebedev / TASS
“Kids will preserve to educate and take part in competitions. I do not suppose this case will remain for a long term. In any case, we need to seek commonplace ground with the global Paralympic Committee. We need to tell them greater approximately our athletes, our system, in order that it must all be open, because many do not understand how we paintings.”
In addition to the 2016 Summer season Games and Paralympics in Rio and the 2018 Wintry weather Games in Pyeongchang, within the close to destiny Russia’s disabled athletes may be barred from participation in some of the tournaments, along with: the IPC Wheelchair Dance Game World Cup in St. Petersburg and the ecu Para-Taekwondo Championships in Warsaw in September; the ecu B Goalball Championships in Maia, Portugal and the ecu Para-Badminton Championships in Beek, Netherlands in October; the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Global Cup in Pisa, Italy in November. Their future Paralympic destiny will depend upon in whose prefer the RPC’s predominant appeal is determined. This may be announced within the subsequent six or seven months.
The Russian countrywide Crew’s appeal became rejected through the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, to be later dismissed via the Swiss Federal Court. Extra than 200 individuals of the Russian Paralympic Crew filed character requests with the IPC for admission to the Paralympic Games, However 34 of them have already been rejected, which does not seem to present an awful lot wish for a wonderful decision for the alternative athletes.
Disqualification boosts hobby in Paralympic Sports
Alexander Shlychkov, the president of the european Para-Taekwondo Union, explains that involvement in Sports activities is the only way of rehabilitation and social adaptation for Russian Paralympic athletes. This is applicable no longer best to expert athletes, However additionally to people who teach at a beginner degree.
“Useless to say, the activities of new months were a critical test for every Paralympic athlete,” Shlychkov advised RBTH. “As for participation in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Video games in Pyongyang, the question remains open. Now we need to construct a communicate with the IPC and respond to the allegations against the RPC correctly. And we can see that both athletes and the management are working tough on this.”
Shlychkov cited that in opposition to the background of new occasions, interest in Paralympic Sports has even grown in Russia, so it is not possible to speak about problems with its development and financing.
“This kind of scandals and controversies are a waste of time and energy that the athletes ought to devote to training,” Shlychkov said. “There may be individuals who will no longer cope with the emotional warmth and go away the Paralympic movement, and Those human beings can’t be blamed for this.”