Russia: Senator Eduard Isakov claims IPC of 'blackmailed' Russian Paralympic athletes

Russian senator and former athlete Eduard Isakov stated that the IPC's (International Paralympic Committee) decision to extend the suspension of Russian Paralympic athletes was «foul», speaking during a press conference in Moscow, Friday. According to Isakov, Russian athletes should not be involved in an «argument» between the IPC and the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) at all. «Athletes... Еще have nothing to do with it,» he said. He accused the IPC of «blackmailing» RPC and the athletes with the decision on whether they will be allowed to compete in the upcoming Winter Games or not. Para ice hockey player Nilolai Terentyev, who won silver with Russia in the Sochi Paralympics, said he would «like to experience the same things at the upcoming Paralympics as well. Unfortunately, [they] will not allow [me].» The IPC announced on Wednesday that it was maintaining its suspension of the RPC. The final decision on whether Russian Paralympians will be allowed to compete in Pyeongchang is expected to be announced in January.

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