Ólafur Magnússon, the head of the Icelandic Sports Association for People with Disabilities (ISAD), said it was disappointing that Minister for Social Affairs Eygló Harðardóttir has decided against attending the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, because of events in Ukraine.
Ólafur added that it is customary for Iceland’s ministers to attend the event and that politics and sport should not be mixed.
The Icelandic team arrived in Sochi yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s opening. The team traveled from the United States, where they had been training, visir.is reports.
The minister said in a statement that she made her decision not to attend in consultation with Iceland’s Foreign Ministry. Other countries have also decided against sending delegations.
Iceland’s team at this year’s Paralympics consists of Erna Friðriksdóttir and Jóhann Þór Hólmgrímsson, who both compete in skiing.
Iceland has over the years won 37 gold medals at the Paralympics.