Rio 2016 Paralympics Games: Flag of banned Russian team appears at Rio Paralympics Opening

12:07 Sep. 8, 2016

Flag of banned Russian team appears at Rio Paralympics Opening

The flags of all of the participating nations gather together at Rio 2016 Paralympics Opening (AP Photo)

International Paralympic Committee is investigating the incident 

UPDATED: The international Paralympic Committee (the IPC) revoked the accreditation of the Belarusian team member, who waved the Russian flag at the Rio 2016 Paralympics Opening ceremony. 

This was reported by Craig Spence, Director of Media and Communications of the IPC Committee reported on that on Twitter.

Earlier, the man was believed to be an athlete, however, he appeared to be a guest of the Secretary General's, according to Craig Spence. 

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BACKGROUND: A member of the Belarusian team carried a Russian flag at the Rio 2016 Paralympics Opening ceremony in support of the banned Russian squad.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is planning to investigate the case, BBC Sport reports. 

The flag was on display for a quarter of the circuit before being confiscated. The IPC say they are working to identify the offender before deciding how to proceed.

Later, journalist Matt McGeehan reported that the IPC identified the Belarusian individual who carried the Russian flag. 

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The Russian team was banned from competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games following allegations of state-sponsored doping made in an independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Russia was also banned for the winter edition in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 because of a state-sponsored sports doping programme.

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to organise additional competitions for the banned athletes.

Also, the Belarusian team pledged to wave the Russian flag at the opening ceremony to demonstrate their support for the Russian banned athletes.

However, the IPC barred Belarusians from doing it since it will be treated as a political gesture. 

Brazilian president Michel Temer was booed as the 2016 Paralympic Games opened in Rio de Janeiro. 

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