Baku refuses from Russian Paralympic athletes’ licenses
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 7
Baku has officially refused from the licenses of Russian Paralympic athletes who were banned to take part in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Youth and Sports said in a message Sept. 7.
Earlier, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov said that it is not right to ban Russian team’s participation at the competition in Rio de Janeiro.
“The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) banned Russian athletes from Paralympic Games,” the minister said. “Their licenses have been distributed among athletes of other countries by means unknown for us.”
“Azerbaijan obtained three licenses,” he said. But we haven’t earned these licenses. How can an athlete, who has not earned a license, to take part in the Olympics?”
The 2016 Summer Paralympics will be held Sept. 7-18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.