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Saturday, December 10, 2016

“Officials have twisted our wheelchair users: press-Secretary of Lukashenko commented on the scandal with the flag

Press Secretary of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko Natalia Eismont, said that the organizers of the Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro was not limited to the sanctions against two members of the delegation, who organized bringing the Russian flag during the opening ceremony of the Games.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

According to Eismont, journalists have become known, not all the facts. Initially, the Russian flag was supposed to smuggle themselves, the Paralympic athletes in wheelchairs, who rode behind the main standard-bearer. It was assumed that the four athletes will take up two flags: Belarusian and Russian.

Read about the sanctions against Belarus for the Russian flag.

However, as quoted eysmont state news Agency of Belarus, “BelTA”, “international sports officials are not thinking twisted our Olympians in wheelchairs, took from them the flags and not let the people quietly and peacefully Express their opinion.

The press Secretary said that Lukashenko was outraged by the violence and deprivation of accreditation of athletic officials Andrew Fomochkin and one of the leaders of country delegation, as well as the “so-called democratic” Paralympic Committee.

Eismont explained that Fomochkin “foresaw” the situation with the withdrawal of the flag and so had a spare Russian flag.

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