MOSCOW, August 8. /TASS/. A member of the Russian Civic Chamber has addressed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights with a request to publicly assess the decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to ban the Russian team from competing in the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
"I think that the main peacekeeping organization should give a public assessment of this situation. UN regularly states that sport should remain free and protected from any political influence. I also hope for principal solidarity of organizations that bring together people with disabilities around the world. It will be very important and valuable if they support our address to UN," chairperson of Russian Civic Chamber’s commission on developing public diplomacy and supporting compatriots abroad Yelena Sutormina said.
The ban of Russian para athletes from the Rio Olympics directly violates international law, in particular, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, she added. "The decision of foreign sports official to ban our para athletes from competition is not just cowardly and vile from the point of view of universal human values and ideas about humanity, but also very short-sighted from the political point of view. I think that now even those who are far from the news agenda felt the disgusting smell, as well as obvious connection between certain attitudes toward our country and decisions on our athletes. The public will soon understand and realize, there is no doubt about that. In the meantime, we will continue fighting by all possible legal means," she noted.
The 2016 Summer Paralympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro on September 7-18.