The international Paralympic Committee (IPC) banned Russian athletes who can go to the Games in Pyeongchang, mention in social media about his citizenship. This was stated by TASS, the senior trainer of the Paralympic national team of Russia on ski races and biathlon Irina Gromova.
She stressed that Russian athletes can’t use the national colors, wear the flag and say they are from Russia, even in social networks.
Gromov said that the Paralympic athletes can «write anything», but they are forbidden to raise the national flag. Also according to her, athletes can’t criticize or discuss the decision taken by the IPC.
In an interview with RBC, she explained that «each of the athletes signed the memo,» according to which sportsmen from Russia are not allowed to say on social networks about his citizenship.
The curler Konstantin Kurokhtin said that did not sign such a document and «do not know» on the memo of the IPC.
The press service of the IASC stated that the issues related to ban on Russian Paralympians to mention his citizenship will be resolved by the implementation group, «Olympic athletes of Russia» in the «prescribed manner».
National Paralympic Committee of Russia are still not rehabilitated and can not participate at the games in 2018 in South Korea.
The decision about the participation of Russian Paralympians at the Games in South Korea will be announced to the IPC on December 22.
In November 2015, WADA has published a report which accused the Russian Federation in government support of doping. The report noted that Russian special services were covered systematic doping Russian athletes, admits the «direct intimidation and interference» in the work of the WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratory in Moscow.
Because of the doping scandal, the national team of Russia on athletics was removed from the Olympic games in 2016. Also the Russian team at full strength is not allowed to the summer Paralympics.
5 Dec, IOC because of the systematic anti-doping rule violations barred from participating in the 2018 Olympics, the national Olympic Committee of the Russian Federation. The IOC Executive Board also suspended for life from any involvement in the Olympics and former sports Minister Vitaly Mutko and his former Deputy Yury Nagornykh.
At the same time to participate in the Games will allow for some of the Russian athletes who fulfill the qualification standards and pass a special doping tests. They will compete under the Olympic flag as «Olympic athletes of Russia». In case of a victory of the representative of the Russian Federation in his honor will be performed the Olympic anthem. Athletes from Russia were forbidden to apply a form of national paraphernalia.
The international Paralympic Committee banned Russian athletes to mention their nationality in social networks 20.12.2017