Ukraine refuses to participate when IOC allows Russian athletes to compete in the Olympics
- on Jan 27, 2023
Ukraine has taken a hardline stance, saying that if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) allows Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics, they may refuse to participate.
The British BBC reported on the 26th (local time), citing the Minister of Sports of Ukraine.
Backlash after the IOC hinted the day before that it planned to allow athletes from a neutral country to participate in the Olympics under “strict conditions”, athletes who did not violate the IOC’s peace mission, and who fully comply with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards. to be. The standards set by the IOC are interpreted as meaning that athletes from the two countries who do not openly support the war will be allowed to compete in the Olympics if they pass a doping test.
“Our position has not changed,” said Ukraine’s Sports Minister Vadim Guchait.
“We will not rule out the possibility of a boycott of refusing to participate in the Paris Olympics if we do not hear (the decision not to allow athletes from the two countries to participate),” he stressed. He is also the President of the Ukrainian IOC. 메이저사이트
He added, “I hope that all international sports federations, athletes and the entire civilized world will pay attention now, and that our country will not have to resort to extreme methods.”
Previously, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had twice appealed to the IOC and the international community to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in the Paris Olympics.
However, when the IOC announced plans to allow individual athletes to participate in neutral countries, it seems that they raised the odds of refusing to participate.