The event took place after Russian and Belarusian athletes were barred from the Beijing Winter Paralympic Games 2022 following the start of the attack on Ukraine
Vladimir Putin © Dennis Grombkowski / Getty Images
Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised his country’s Paralympians following their overall victory at the We Are Together. Sport event, held in Khanty-Mansiysk to allow athletes barred from the Beijing Winter Paralympic Games to compete.
Athletes from Russia, Belarus, Tajikistan, Armenia and Kazakhstan took part in the special event at the Siberian sporting center, where the hosts won 39 gold, 40 silver and 27 bronze medals.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) initially ruled that competitors from Russia and Belarus could compete under neutral flags at the Games earlier this month.
The decision was reversed a day before the competition started, meaning many members of the Russian Paralympic Committee made a wasted trip to Beijing.