Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused an unusual request from a double gold medal-winning champion at the recent Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games, after the compatriot athlete asked him to sign his passport.
After winning another Paralympics final, double-gold Russian athlete Dmitry Safronov has said he shows his patriotism in gold medals after his Ukrainian rival reportedly refused to be photographed on the podium next to him again.
Around 40 Japanese police officers dispatched to Tokyo to safeguard the Paralympics have been sent home after allegedly getting drunk, engaging in fights with locals and visiting a brothel, according to reports.
Ukrainian Paralympian Ihor Tsvietov has caused a stir at the 2020 Games in Tokyo by refusing to join his Russian sprint rivals for a photo on the medal podium, following a backlash against a high jumper earlier this month.
A cyclist with artificial limbs who paid his way to the Paralympics by working as a food courier has won gold and smashed the world record – only to cop a fiasco with the Russian athletes’ anthem after he received his medal.
Famous South Korean climber Kim Hong-bin, who rose to prominence after losing his fingers to frostbite three decades ago, has been reported missing during a recent descent from the Karakoram mountains in northern Pakistan.