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Sports principles distorted; equality replaced with ‘perverted tolerance’ — Putin

What we are witnessing now is the justice that presumes double standards, the Russian President noted

NOVO-OGARYOVO, March 18. /TASS/. Main principles of sports have been ‘trampled on’ in the present-day world of sports, where equality ‘was replaced with a perverted tolerance and double standards,’ Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

"Unfortunately, the majority of international sports tournaments were marred recently by developments, which had nothing to do with the world of sports, its spirit and its will," Putin said speaking during an on-line video conference at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games ‘We Are Together. Sports’ in Russia’s Khanty-Mansiisk.

"We have witnessed more than once dubious and biased decisions of referees, and we [Russia] were subjected to slander, hostile actions and clear provocations. We witnessed how previously sacred initiatives of Pierre de Coubertin went blurred," the Russian president said.

"What we are witnessing now is the equality taking a shape of a perverted tolerance and justice assuming double standards, while the fight for the clean sports turns into the politically-orchestrated dictatorship in the sphere of the anti-doping bureaucracy," Putin said.

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.

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. The 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in the Chinese capital of Beijing were held between March 4 and 13. The IPC cited Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine as a reason for its decision.

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 would 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.

The Paralympic tournament in Russia is attended by Paralympic athletes representing Russia, Belarus, Tajikistan, Armenia and Kazakhstan.