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Canada does not rule out withdrawing its athletes from Beijing if necessary

It’s a wrong decision refers to Amateur Sports Minister Pascal Saint Ong, in an interview with Radio Canada. I don’t think he respects the Olympic spirit.

Minister Insists The International Paralympic Committee to reconsider its decision to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from competitions. Otherwise, Canada would not rule out the possibility of withdrawing Canadian athletes in protest, the minister said.

About 125 members, athletes and coaches of Team Canada are currently in Beijing, China for the Paralympic Games.

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Quote from Pascal Saint Ong, Federal Minister for Amateur Sports

Canada’s decision on whether to withdraw from the Paralympic Games will be made in consultation with the athletes and their sports federation. My heart is torn over these athletessays Minister Saint Ong. It’s an entire human and sporting experience frustrating because of that.

The minister has the support of Conservative MP Michael Barrett. He said it is difficult for athletes to compete in these competitions when their country invades another democratic country competing in the same Games.

Sports Minister Pascal St Ong in the House of Commons (archive).

Photo: The Canadian Press / Justin Tang

Ban Russian athletes in Canada?

The Canadian government is also campaigning to prevent Russian and Belarusian athletes from coming to Canadian territory to participate in international sports competitions.

Qualifying events and international championships in short track skating, swimming, diving and curling are scheduled for Canada in 2022.

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I don’t think the Canadian public wants to see Russian athletes competing here on Canadian soil.says Minister Saint Ong.

The Canadian government is working with its national federations to persuade international sports organizations to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating.

If the international federations do not act in this direction, Canada will consider all the tools at its disposal to prevent Russia and Belarus from participating in international competitions in Canada.Minister Saint Ong explains.

The idea is to isolate President Putin and the people who support him, and all countries should make the same thought Pascal Saint Ong.