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Russian diplomat says it is inadmissible to use sport as instrument of political pressure

February 28, 19:39 UTC+3 GENEVA
A diplomat believes the problem of discrimination in sport, including in Paralympic sport, "deserves serious attention"
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GENEVA, February 28. /TASS/. It is inadmissible to use sport and the subject of international competitions as an instrument of political pressure, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Tuesday at a high-segment session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

"We think it inadmissible to use sport and international sports events as an instrument of political pressure," he stressed.

He said the problem of discrimination in sport, including in Paralympic sport, "deserves serious attention." "As is known, the International Olympic Committee published on its website on February 24 Director General Christophe De Kepper’s letter addressed, in particular, to the presidents of national Olympic committees. The letter says that at the latest meeting in Lausanne that focused on the scandalous McLaren report, the World Anti-Doping Agency admitted that in many cases it had insufficient proof to impose sanctions on Russian athletes," he said.

"So, it took six months to recognize the decisions of the International Paralympic Committee and the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport on suspending Russian Paralympians from the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro ungrounded," Gatilov said. "The harm done by these decisions to the Paralympic movement and sport in general is yet to be assessed.".

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