POSTED: March 7th 2014
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Sochi 2014 Paralympics: Ukraine confirms their participation hours before the start

Ukrainian Paralympic Committee President Valeriy Suskevich head of the Ukrainian Paralympic Committee / IPC
Ukrainian Paralympic Committee President Valeriy Suskevich head of the Ukrainian Paralympic Committee / IPC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) just issued a statement that the Ukraine team will be participating at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Ukrainian Paralympic Committee President Valeriy Suskevich made the announcement at a press conference just hours before the Opening Ceremony will take place at the Fisht Stadium.

Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), said: "We are delighted by Ukraine's decision as we want sport to prevail and a full complement of teams to compete in what we are confident will be a fantastic Paralympic Winter Games.

"All week the IPC has been working closely with the Ukrainian Paralympic Committee in an effort to keep them here in Sochi.

"The talking point of Sochi 2014 needs to be great sport and great athletes, not global politics.

"We want all the athletes who have trained for years to reach these Games to fully focus on events on the field as opposed to off.

"Now that a decision has been taken I hope this will be the case and the athletes and the sport will take centre stage and the headlines they deserve."

The Sochi Paralympics are taking place March 7-16 in the Olympic venues and the athletes are living in the same Olympic Village used for the Games. 


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