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The Beijing Paralympics opened Friday night at the Chinese capital’s National Stadium, with the war in Ukraine casting a shadow over the world’s largest winter sports event for athletes with disabilities.

Athletes from the Russian Paralympic Committee and Belarus were excluded from the Games after tensions escalated in the Games’ villages ahead of the opening ceremony, with many athletes and teams refusing to take the field of play alongside athletes from the two nations.

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