Russian Paralympic Team Banned, Russians Not Happy
Tens of thousands of Russians have made #ShameWADA a nationalist cause online
On Sunday, the World Anti-Doping Agency announced that the entire Russian Paralympic Team will be banned from competing in the 2016 Paralympics due to ongoing issues with the country’s athletes using performance-enhancing drugs. Russians aren’t happy. They’re attacking the decision, accusing the bodies of playing politics with their sportsmen and women.
Since the announcement, Russians flooded Twitter, Facebook and the country’s largest social network Vkontakte by the tens of thousands with their complaints. Vocativ found that 94 percent of more than three thousand users on Twitter dismissed the decision as “illegitimate.”
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Зачем сюда вплетать политику? И играть в политические, а не в паралимпийским игры.. pic.twitter.com/b2h6iCS4my
— Рамиль Харисов (@RRHarisov) August 7, 2016
Translation: “Support #ShameWADA. Why do you politicize this event and prefer to play political games rather than Paralympic games..”
— Сергей (@Koldun87) August 7, 2016
Translation: “Support the action #ShameWADA! hands off our athletes. Take action, support our Paralympic athletes together!”
The president of the International Paralympic Committee, Philip Craven, accused the Russian government of “catastrophically” failing its athletes. “Their medals-over-morals mentality disgusts me,” he said.
Russia says it will appeal the decision, but they better hurry. The Paralympic Games start on September 7.