Olympic chiefs accused of supporting Ukraine’s conflict after the IOC confirmed Russian athletes can compete at Paris 2024 as ‘impartial’ regardless of calls from Volodymyr Zelensky.
- The Worldwide Olympic Committee issued an announcement on Wednesday
- He mentioned Russia may compete as a ‘impartial’ on the subsequent summer time’s Paris Olympics
- Volodymyr Zelensky calls Emmanuel Macron and urges him to impose sanctions on Russians
Olympic chiefs have been accused of supporting Ukraine’s conflict after confirming that Russian athletes can compete as ‘impartial’ at Paris 2024.
The Worldwide Olympic Committee issued an announcement on Wednesday claiming that ‘no athlete needs to be barred from competing simply due to their passport’ and that ‘governments shouldn’t determine which athletes can take part’.
It got here simply 24 hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to ban all Russians from the subsequent Summer season Olympics in Paris.
IOC confirms Russian athletes can compete as ‘neutrals’ in Paris subsequent 12 months
The IOC has been accused of supporting Russia’s conflict in Ukraine (IOC President Thomas Bach left in 2018 with Vladimir Putin)
Following a board assembly on Wednesday, the IOC introduced a proposal for athletes from Russia and Belarus to enter Olympic qualification occasions in Asia as a substitute of Europe, so long as they compete beneath their respective nation’s flag and Do not actively help the conflict.
The IOC’s determination marks a significant U-turn on their stance final 12 months, after they inspired banning Russians and Belarusians from all Olympic Video games, and dangers an enormous political and athlete backlash.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Emmanuel Macron to ban all Russian athletes
IOC publicizes proposal for athletes from Russia and Belarus to enter qualification occasions in Asia
Stress group World Athlete mentioned: ‘In the present day’s determination sends a message to the world that the IOC helps Russia’s brutal conflict and invasion of Ukraine. By permitting Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete, the IOC is powering Russia’s propaganda machine, empowering the Putin regime and undermining peace.
‘The IOC is permitting the Video games for use for sports activities washing – to normalize, legitimize and distract from conflict. As a servant of Russia, the IOC is on the unsuitable aspect of historical past with this determination that helps conflict over politics and peace on precept.’