Belarusian athletes have carried the Russian flag at the opening of the Paralympics

Belarusian Paralympic athletes carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. It is reported by R-Sport.

The opening ceremony of the Paralympic games in Rio began at the maracanĂ£ stadium on 8 September, 00:15 GMT.

The intention of the Belarusian Paralympians in support of the pass at the opening of the Paralympics with the Russian flag became known on August 23. Then this was stated by the President of the Paralympic Committee of Belarus Oleg Shepel. He also said that the decision to dismiss the Russian team from participation in the Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro “inhuman”.

On the same day, the international Paralympic Committee has banned Belarusian athletes to come with the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the Paralympics. This gesture will be seen as “political protest in respect of the relevant athletes and/or national Paralympic Committee will adopt specific measures” — said the press service.