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Beijing Paralympics 2022 | Half waythrough the games, Ukraine is the star

The Paralympics are being held without athletes from Russia or Belarus, who were banned by the International Paralympic Committee for their countries’ involvement in the war in Ukraine.

March 09, 2022 / 01:25 PM IST
The Winter Paralympics in Beijing have reached the midway point with almost 600 athletes from 46 delegations competing. Closing ceremony on March 13 will end a long run of sports in the Chinese capital. The Winter Olympics began February 4 and closed February 20. (Image: AP)
The Winter Paralympics in Beijing have reached the midway point with almost 600 athletes from 46 delegations competing. The closing ceremony on March 13 will end a long run of sports in the Chinese capital—the Winter Olympics began February 4 and closed February 20. (Image: AP)
It will not be the end for many volunteers who will have to remain in isolation in hotel rooms for several weeks after the Paralympics close under China's strict COVID-19 rules. (Image: AP)
It will not be the end for many volunteers who will have to remain in isolation in hotel rooms for several weeks after the Paralympics close under China's strict COVID-19 rules. (Image: AP)
The Paralympics are being held without athletes from Russia or Belarus, who were banned by the International Paralympic Committee for their countries’ involvement in the war in Ukraine. (Image: AP)
The Paralympics are being held without athletes from Russia or Belarus, who were banned by the International Paralympic Committee for their countries’ involvement in the war in Ukraine. (Image: AP)
Ukraine, which has one of the smaller delegations, has been near the top of the medal table since the Paralympics opened. Ukrainian athletes have received wide-ranging support from around the world. (Image: AP)
Ukraine, which has one of the smaller delegations, has been near the top of the medal table since the Paralympics opened. Ukrainian athletes have received wide-ranging support from around the world. (Image: AP)
Many participants had sided with Ukraine before the Paralympics opened and said they would not compete against Russian or Belarusian athletes, a key element in the IPC's decision to exclude the two countries. (Image: AP)
Many participants had sided with Ukraine before the Paralympics opened and said they would not compete against Russian or Belarusian athletes, a key element in the IPC's decision to exclude the two countries. (Image: AP)
South Korea's Choi Kwang-hyuk, right, battles for the puck against Tyler McGregor of Canada during they para ice hockey preliminary match at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, March 8, in Beijing. (Image: AP)
South Korea's Choi Kwang-hyuk, right, battles for the puck against Tyler McGregor of Canada during their para ice hockey preliminary match at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, March 8, in Beijing. (Image: AP)
Aaron Ewen of New Zealand competes in the men's super-G, sitting, at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, March 6, in the Yanqing district of Beijing. (Image: AP)
Aaron Ewen of New Zealand competes in the men's super-G, sitting, at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, March 6, in the Yanqing district of Beijing. (Image: AP)
Oleksandr Kazik of Ukraine, right, with his guide Serhii Kucheriavyi during the men's middle distance vision impaired para biathlon at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, March 8, in Zhangjiakou, China. (Image: AP)
Oleksandr Kazik of Ukraine, right, with his guide Serhii Kucheriavyi during the men's middle distance vision-impaired para biathlon at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, March 8, in Zhangjiakou, China. (Image: AP)
Ukraine's Oleksandra Kononova collapses after crossing the finish line during the women's middle distance standing event at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, March 8, in Zhangjiakou, China. Kononova took the silver. (Image: AP)
Ukraine's Oleksandra Kononova collapses after crossing the finish line during the women's middle distance standing event at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, March 8, in Zhangjiakou, China. Kononova took the silver. (Image: AP)
In a photo provided by Olympic Information Services, Ukraine's Oleksandr Aleksyk and Pavlo Bal compete in the men's sprint sitting para biathlon at the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Center during the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in Zhangjiakou, China, March 5. (Image: AP)
In a photo provided by Olympic Information Services, Ukraine's Oleksandr Aleksyk and Pavlo Bal compete in the men's sprint sitting para biathlon at the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Center during the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in Zhangjiakou, China, March 5. (Image: AP)
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