The IOC proposed to allow athletes from Russia to participate in international competitions if they did not support the war

The International Olympic Committee called on sports federations to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete in a neutral status, subject to a number of conditions, including the condition that they do not support the war. This was stated by the press service of the IOC.

“Only athletes who fully comply with the Olympic Charter may compete. This means that, firstly, only those athletes who did not oppose the IOC peacekeeping mission by actively supporting the war in Ukraine can compete, and secondly, only those athletes who fully comply with the World Anti-Doping Code and all relevant anti-doping rules and regulations. , the organization said in a statement.

The IOC noted that “no athlete should be prevented from participating in competitions only because of his passport.”

The Russian Olympic Committee criticized the proposals of the IOC. They called the new proposal “an attempt to take a step towards the athletes,” which is also “two steps in the opposite direction.”

“We continue to strongly disagree with any restrictions, additional requirements and sanctions that relate to the nationality of our athletes and are again being offered to us as a condition for returning to the international arena,” the ROC said in a statement.

In February 2022, a few days after Russian troops invaded Ukraine, the IOC recommended that international sports federations prevent Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing.

At the same time, the IOC demanded that sports organizations around the world refuse to hold events in Russia and Belarus and not show their flags. In December 2022, the organization upheld these restrictions.

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