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Mikhalina Lysova defended her rights in the District Court of Hamburg against the statements of the Bild newspaper, which called the athlete "Russian who takes doping"

13 April 2018

Mikhalina Lysova 2-time champion, 3-time silver and bronze medalist of the XII Paralympic Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang (South Korea) in cross-country skiing and biathlon (sports of visually impaired people ) defended her rights in the District Court of Hamburg against the statements of the newspaper Bild. A few days before the start of the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, the newspaper published a pejorative article, calling it "Russian who takes doping" ("1. Scandal On Paralympics! Russian who takes doping can go to Pyeongchang").

Lysova was terribly disappointed with this article, which damaged her reputation and caused her mental suffering. The newspaper defamed the good name of the athlete. Sport for Michalina is her whole life. For this reason, one can speak of a gross violation of personal rights and rights guaranteed by international legislation for persons with disabilities.

Michalina decided to use her legal rights and asked the newspaper "Bild" to delete the article and publish a refutation. However, the newspaper categorically refused to do so.

So  the prominent athlete decided to compete for her rights and reputation and filed an application with the District Court of Hamburg against Bild for a temporary ban on publication because of a gross violation of personal rights and rights guaranteed by international legislation for persons with disabilities.

The District Court of Hamburg listened to Mikhalina Lysova and issued an interim injunction in which it was stated that the fact that the Bild newspaper in her article referred to Mrs. Lysova as a "Russian who takes doping" is a violation of rights of Mrs Lysova. In this regard, the newspaper Bild, which gave such a provocative title to the advance advertisement  of this article, was forbidden in future to call Mrs. Lysova "Russian who takes doping".

For about two years, many "clean" athletes from Russia without any evidence are accused of violating the rules and participation in schemes. These rumors damage their reputation and cause them emotional pain. The decision of the court on this issue convincingly gives the media to understand that Germany and other countries are condemning comments about Russian athletes which discrediting and insulting the athletes dignity .

 

Mikhalina Lysova is one of the strongest Russian skiers and biathletes with visual impairments, who won numerous medals and awards at international and national competitions, including championships and world cups.

At the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games in Vancouver, she won 1 gold and 2 silver medals, at the Winter Paralympic Games of 2014 in Sochi - 3 gold and 3 silver medals, at the Winter Paralympic Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang - 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals.

Michalina Lysova has always been a "clean" athlete. For a 10-year career, she managed to undergo many tests for doping, both in Russia and abroad. These tests never showed a positive result. In addition, in the past, this athlete was never accused of violating anti-doping rules.

In connection with the current suspension of membership of the Russian Paralympic Committee of Russia (RPC) before the Paralympic Games-2018 in Pyeongchang, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) informed RPC that Mikhalina Lysova needed to provide the IPC satisfactory evidence that she did not participate in any schemes and was not involved nor in any violations in which Russia is accused. The IPC examined in detail all the evidence that Lysova submitted in connection with this issue. On March 6, 2018, the IPC confirmed that it had received sufficient evidence that MiKhalina did not tolerate any violations. In this regard, the athlete was allowed to participate in the Paralympic Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang.

Despite the psychological stress and pressure that the athlete encountered during the IPC investigation, and that information about the admission to participate in the Paralympic Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang was received only three days before the start, Mikhalina found the strength to win 6 medals at  2018 Games. The determination and perseverance of this athlete - evidence that she is really a professional in their field. For Mikhalina Lysova, as probably for every Russian paralympic athlete, the opportunity to perform and participate in the Paralympic Games of 2018 remains extremely important. Such events allow to participate in public life, which, unfortunately, is not always possible in the ordinary life of athletes. Sports - one of the areas in which people with disabilities can achieve success. The opportunity to participate in sports competitions and receive recognition for their sporting merits is an important aspect of integrating people with disabilities into our society.

 

 

 





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