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Ukrainian Paralympic chief says will leave Games if Russia invades
March 7, 2014 / 10:37 AM / 4 years ago

Ukrainian Paralympic chief says will leave Games if Russia invades

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Ukrainian Paralympic chief, Valeriy Sushkevich, said on Friday his team would pull out of the Winter Paralympic Games if Russian troops invaded Ukraine.

Ukraine's Paralympic chief, Valeriy Sushkevich (L), leaves a news conference at Sochi Paralympic Winter Games Park, March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

“I am very afraid that despite the world’s wishes and my call that the irreversible will happen during the Paralympics. I declare: we will pull out of the 11th Paralympic Games in Russia that very second if the thing we fear and which we are against ... happens,” he told a news conference, clearly referring to a possible invasion by Russian troops into Ukraine.

reporting by Alexei Anishchuk, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Gabriela Baczynska

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