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Belarusian athletes to be in Russia next week for ‘We Are Together. Sports’ Paralympics

Paralympic Games ‘We Are Together. Sports’ in the Russian city of Khanty-Mansiisk would be held between March 18 and 21

MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. A delegation of athletes from Belarus is expected to arrive in Russia on March 14 to participate in the Paralympic Games ‘We Are Together. Sports,’ the press office of the Russian Sports Ministry announced in a statement on Saturday.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said last week that Paralympic Games ‘We Are Together. Sports’ in the Russian city of Khanty-Mansiisk would be held between March 18 and 21.

According to the statement from the Russian Sports Ministry, the delegation from Belarus is expected to land in Moscow on March 13 and will then head to Khanty-Mansiisk in the early hours of March 14. They are expected to be in the capital of Yugra at 5:00 a.m. Moscow time on Monday.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced a decision on March 4 to ban athletes from Russia and Belarus from their participation in the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games, which kicked off later that day in China’s Beijing.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Chernyshenko, who oversees issues of sports, culture and tourism in the Russian government, announced on March 5 that he tasked the Russian Sports Ministry and the Finance Ministry to start working jointly with the government of Yugra, located in the Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous Area, on the organization of the Paralympic Games ‘We Are Together. Sports.’

Sergey Artamonov, the head of the physical culture and sports of Yugra, said last week that up to 70 athletes will take part in six sports competitions - cross-country skiing, biathlon, curling, snowboarding, alpine skiing, sledge ice hockey. The competitions would be held under the Russian state flag and to the tune of the national anthem, the head of the physical culture and sports of Yugra added.

2022 Winter Paralympics in Beijing

The 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in the Chinese capital of Beijing are held between March 4 and 13. During the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015, Beijing was chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games making the Chinese capital the first city ever to host both the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games (in 2008) as well as the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games (in 2022).

Due to international sanctions against Russian sports, athletes from Russia were obliged to participate in the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games under the flag and logo of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) instead of the Russian national flag and state emblem.

The national anthem of Russia was also under sanctions at the Paralympic Games in China. The First Piano Concerto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky was selected to be played at awarding ceremonies for Russian Paralympians in Beijing.