IOC recommends excluding athletes from Russia and Belarus from competitions

IOC recommends excluding athletes from Russia and Belarus from competitions

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) published a statement on Monday (28) in which it asks the organizers of international competitions not to invite Russian or Belarusian athletes to participate in the tournaments.

The entity’s Executive Committee also reinforced the request that eventual competitions that have participants from both countries do not reproduce the national anthem or display the flags of both, in addition to not allowing them to compete in the modalities under the names “Russia” and “Belarus “.

The measure, according to the IOC, can already be applied at the Beijing Winter Paralympic Games, which start on March 4th.

“The current war in Ukraine puts the Olympic movement in a dilemma. While athletes from Russia and Belarus can continue to participate in sporting events, many athletes from Ukraine are deprived of participating because of the attack on their country,” said the IOC, in note.

“The IOC Executive Committee reaffirms its full solidarity with the Ukrainian Olympic community. They are in our hearts and thoughts. The Committee commits to continue strengthening its community assistance efforts. The Committee established today (Monday) a solidarity. In this context, the IOC expresses its gratitude to the national Olympic committees and international federations that are already supporting Ukrainian athletes and their families.”

In the statement published on Monday, the International Olympic Committee also informs that it has withdrawn the Olympic Order from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The decoration, which rewards effective contributions to the Olympic movement, was presented to Putin in 2001.

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