Paralympics: Belarus stages pro-Russia protest during opening ceremony

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Athletes supported Russia, banned from Games due to doping allegations, by carrying country’s flag during procession

The colour, noise and goodwill on show during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games was punctured when the Belarus team mounted a protest against the International Paralympic Committee’s decision to ban Russia from Rio 2016.

Sir Philip Craven, the president of the IPC, had earlier strongly defended the Russian Paralympic Committee’s total exclusion from the Paralympics, arguing that evidence of state-sponsored doping was effectively an attempt by Russia to legalise cheating for the benefit of their athletes. However, Belarus defied the IPC and risked sanctions by carrying a Russian flag into the Maracanã stadium during the parade of athletes. The flag was later confiscated and the IPC is understood to be considering how to proceed.

Related: Start of the 2016 Paralympics: opening ceremony in Rio – live!

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