Ukrainian biathlete Anastasiia Laletina was once compelled to tug out of the center distance sitting match on the Beijing Iciness Paralympics on Tuesday after her father was once captured through Russian forces, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian paralympic committee informed Reuters.
Laletina’s father is a soldier within the Ukrainian military. The spokesperson mentioned that they had no additional main points on his seize.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine final month, which Moscow describes as a “particular operation” to disarm the rustic, precipitated the World Paralympic Committee to prohibit Russian and Belarusian athletes from the Video games.
Belarus has been a key staging house for Russian troops.
The spokesperson mentioned that the 19-year-old Laletina was once nonetheless in Zhangjiakou — the venue for the cross-country snowboarding and biathlon occasions — and can fly out to Poland with the remainder of contingent on the finish of the Video games.
In spite of the preliminary uncertainty round their participation, Ukraine persevered to gather medals on the Video games on Wednesday through successful a silver and bronze in cross-country snowboarding. They’re 3rd within the desk in the back of hosts China and Canada.