The Winter Paralympics began in Beijing without the presence of Russian athletes, expelled from the competitions, and with a Ukrainian delegation that had to flee their country at war to reach China.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began shortly after the end of the Winter Olympics, is shocking the whole world. And the world of sports is no exception.

Before the games began, the organizers announced that the Russian and Belarusian delegations could compete as neutrals in Beijing. However, on the eve of the opening ceremony, they reversed their decision and expelled both delegations.

During the opening ceremony, a message of peace full of emotion was transmitted. The Ukrainian delegation was the fourth to make its appearance at the stadium and received loud cheers and applause from the other athletes and the public.