MINSK, 17 March (BelTA) - Belarusian Paralympians have praised the organization of the alternative games We are Together. Sport in Khanty-Mansiysk, head of the Belarusian delegation Aleksandr Flerko told the media on 17 March, BelTA has learned.
“Even before our arrival we felt the organizers' care and attention. Upon the arrival we were moved by the concert at 5 am and for the first time we saw smiles on the faces of our athletes. In Beijing our Paralympians were humiliated twice. First they saw our national symbols being removed. The next day our athletes were banned. These games are not alternative, they will be called that later. We are simply amazed: there are banners on every corner, on the bus stops. The athletes are happy with the food, the courses are terrific. We are really touched by the care and attention here,” Aleksandr Flerko said.
The Alternative Paralympic Games “We are Together. Sport” will be taking place in Khanty-Mansiysk on 18-21 March and will feature athletes from Russia, Belarus, Tajikistan, Armenia and Kazakhstan. The competition program of the Games will include six sports: cross-country skiing, biathlon, curling, snowboarding, alpine skiing and sledge ice hockey.