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Olympic-IOC recommends banning Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in international events

FILE PHOTO: The Olympic rings are pictured in front of the IOC headquarters in Lausanne
FILE PHOTO: The Olympic rings are drawn in front of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, December 7, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

February 28, 2022

(Reuters) – The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee has recommended international sports federations to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from competing in events, the IOC said on Monday, following the invasion. Russia’s strategy in Ukraine.

The IOC said the executive board had made the decision “to protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all participants”.

The Russian Olympic Committee strongly disagrees with the IOC, saying the decision “contradicts both the IOC’s regulatory documents and the (Olympic) Charter”.

“As a first step, we consider it necessary to send a request to the international federations for official feedback on the status of Russian athletes and their rights to participate in international competitions because of the fact is… the federation has the authority to recognize. ROC said in a statement.

“For its part, the Russian Olympic Committee intends to consistently uphold the rights and interests of Russian athletes and provide all necessary support to our national federations to challenge discriminatory decisions. treatment of the relevant international federations.”

The statement from the IOC comes shortly before the Winter Paralympics, which begin in Beijing on Friday. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will meet on Wednesday to discuss Russia ahead of the Olympics.

IOC REPORT ‘SHORT-TERM’

Athletes from Ukraine and other countries have called on the IOC and IPC to suspend Russia and Belarus to ban their athletes from the events immediately.

The Global Athletes Movement, which aims to empower athletes, said the IOC’s claim was “not true”.

“#IOC refuses to completely suspend Russia & Belarus NOCs,” it said on Twitter. “#IPC needs to immediately suspend the Paralympic Committees of Russia and Belarus @Olympics @Paralympics, athletes who have witnessed these PR activities in the past.”

The IOC also strongly urges federations to ensure that no athletes or sports officials from Russia or Belarus are allowed to participate on behalf of Russia or Belarus.

“Citizens of Russia or Belarus, whether individual or team, should be accepted only as neutral athletes or neutral teams. No national emblems, colors, flags or anthems were displayed,” the statement added.

However, the board said that in very extreme cases, it would delegate that work to the organizations involved to effectively deal with the dilemma.

“In this context, the IOC EB has given special consideration to the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and reiterates its full support for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Olympics,” the statement said. father added.

WITHDRAW OLYMPIC ORDER FROM PUTIN

The IOC reiterates its recommendation not to hold any sporting events in Russia or Belarus.

The IOC also said it had taken the special decision to revoke the Olympic Order, the highest honor the IOC grants to all persons holding important positions in the government of the Russian Federation, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It said it made its decision based on “the exceptional circumstances of the situation and taking into consideration the serious violations of the Olympic Ceasefire Agreement and other violations of the Olympic Charter by the Russian government in the past.” “.

Ukraine’s Health Ministry on Sunday said 352 civilians, including 14 children, have been killed since Russia invaded the country last week. Belarus was a major staging area for the invasion.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; editing by John Stonestreet and Christian Radnedge)

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