FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, a skier passes by the Olympic rings at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Overshadowed by the international crisis over Ukraine, Russia welcomes the sporting world back to Sochi this week for the Winter Paralympics that will be snubbed by some politicians and will struggle to match the successful Winter Olympics that ended less than two weeks ago in the Russian Black Sea resort. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, FILE)

Ukraine decides to compete in Paralympics n Sochi

March 07, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Ukraine has decided against boycotting the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.

The head of Ukraine's Paralympic Committee says the country's athletes will stay and compete in Sochi despite Russia's military moves in Crimea.

The decision was announced a few hours before Friday's opening ceremony.

Russian news agency R-Sport quotes Valeriy Sushkevich, the president of Ukraine's National Paralympic Committee, as saying ''we are staying at the Paralympics.''

However, he adds ''I don't know to what extent the team can focus on the result now.''

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