Putin: The commercialization of Paralympics and Olympism is the way to the degradation of the sport
The Russian president said that the Paralympic and Olympic movements depend heavily on “money bags”. Further commercialization, according to Putin, is the path to the degradation of sports.
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The commercialization of world sports leads to the degradation of the Olympic and Paralympic movement, as evidenced by the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian athletes from the Beijing Paralympic Games. This opinion was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Russian Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the Kremlin.
“The expulsion of athletes from Russia and Belarus not only directly violated the fundamental principles of sport, but also openly and cynically violated the most basic human rights,” Putin said.
According to the president, under the pretext of IOC recommendations, real sanctions were imposed against athletes. “All this, unfortunately, shows a greater commercialization, because the dependence is very great on the sponsors, on the “money bags” of both the Paralympic and Olympic movements. And this dependency is commercial, and the further commercialization of Paralympics and Olympism is, of course, the path to degradation. Unfortunately,” Putin added.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on February 28, due to the events in Ukraine, recommended that international federations not allow the participation of Russians and Belarusians in all tournaments. This recommendation was followed by most federations, only a few allowed athletes to compete under a neutral flag.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on March 3 that a decision had been made to deny the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus in the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. The day before, the athletes were able to enter the Games in a neutral state. After that, the IPC said, several teams threatened not to participate in the competition, which “endangered the holding of the Games”. The Paralympic Games were held in China from March 4 to 13.
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