News Update


After an IPC vote, Russian and Belarussian para-athletes will be allowed to compete in the Paris 2024 Paralympics.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) voted to partially suspend both the Russian and Belarussian National Paralympic Committees.

It means that competitors from both countries will be able to compete as neutrals in Paris.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Russia and Belarus have been barred from competing in the Paralympics.

The Paris Games in 2024 begin on August 28.

Para-athletes from Russia and Belarus can now compete in world and regional championships, as well as permitted tournaments in the six sports for which the IPC serves as an international body, in a neutral capacity.

In a statement issued on Friday, Paralympics GB expressed “disappointment” with the decision, adding that it “does not align with the values of the Paralympic movement.”

Global Athlete, an organization that helps athletes’ concerns be heard, also voiced dismay with the decision, saying it “lacks reason and principle.”

In a statement, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s adviser Mihaylo Podolyak stated the decision “prolongs war,” while IPC president Andrew Parsons said he expects all IPC members to “fully respect” the verdict.

“IPC members voted 90-56 in favor of a motion to partially suspend NPC Russia (with six members abstaining),” the IPC said in a statement.

“This decision was made after members voted 74-65 (with 13 abstentions) against a motion to fully suspend NPC Russia.” A 50%+ 1 outcome of all votes cast was required for a motion to pass.”

“IPC members voted 74-56 (15 abstentions) against a motion to fully suspend NPC Belarus for breaches of its constitutional membership obligations,” it later stated.

“The IPC General Assembly voted 79-57 (nine abstentions) to partially suspend NPC Belarus for breaches of its constitutional membership obligations.”


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