Azerbaijan rejects vacant quotas of barred Russian Paralympians for 2016 Rio

The Azerbaijani Paralympic team refused to accept three vacant quotas for 2016 Rio Games, which emerged after the entire Russian team had been barred from the much-anticipated event for Para-athletes, the press service of the Azerbaijani Sports Ministry told TASS on Wednesday.

After barring the Russian team from the 2016 Rio Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) distributed 267 quotas, earlier won by Russian Paralympians, among other international sports federations and Azerbaijan was allocated three of the available licenses.

“We have refused three licenses allocated for us,” the press service said. “Only those [Azerbaijani] Paralympians, who personally won the quotas are traveling to the Paralympic Games.”