In 2020, the Athletes Council of the International Paralympic Committee, with the support of the IPC Executive Board, launched consultations with the Para Sport community to better understand how athletes from different countries can express their opinions at the Paralympic Games, while respecting the values and principles of the Paralympic movement.
The consultations were held from October to November with 512 athletes registered through focus groups.
According to the IPC Handbook, Section 2.2 on the Paralympic Games, the wording is as follows: "Any display of political, religious or racist propaganda is prohibited in all Paralympic venues and other areas related to the Paralympic Games."
This rule was introduced to protect the interests of athletes, sports performance, the reputation of the Games and the commercial interests of the Games.
The IPC Athletes' Council is currently conducting a survey to collect further data and opinions on how athletes can express themselves in the Paralympic Games, based on information received from focus groups.
The poll will run until January 20, 19:00 Moscow time.
Link to the the survey in English: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/MRKDLMC.
Link to the survey in French and Spanish: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=0bw-rXQtCEmH-W51IjGQgmK2Mns2S3JDi-E7PuxNpVBUNEFVQzM1VFVPNFRaVENGRFlHVR0