• Andrei Fomochkin made political gesture at opening ceremony
• IPC will not tolerate protests of a political nature
The International Paralympic Committee has warned Belarus not to stage any more protests against Russia’s exclusion from the Paralympic Games after banning the Belarusian ministry of sport official who smuggled a Russian flag into Wednesday night’s opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.
Although the IPC does not plan to take any action against the Belarus team as the incident did not involve any athletes or coaches, it stressed that it will not tolerate protests of a political nature. It has cancelled Andrei Fomachkin’s accreditation after identifying him as the individual who carried the flag into the parade of athletes and discovering that he was a guest of Oleg Chepel, the president of the Belarus National Paralympic Committee.
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