May 27, 2023

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, during a press conference broadcast on the organization’s YouTube channel, explained the new recommendations for the admission of Russian athletes.

Bach said the decision was unanimous following long consultations based on the Olympic Charter.

The head of the IOC stressed that the charter speaks of political neutrality, so sanctions against government officials remain in force.

Earlier, on March 28, the IOC recommended that Russians who did not support military operations in Ukraine be allowed to compete in a neutral status.

At the same time, athletes from Russia and Belarus associated with the armed forces or security agencies of their countries are recommended to be suspended from participating in tournaments.

At the end of February 2022, most sports organizations suspended the national teams of Russia and Belarus on the recommendation of the IOC.

The decision on the participation of representatives of these countries in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris has not yet been made.

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