Russia wants to compete without restrictions, Ukraine accuses IOC of compromising

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The head of the Russian Olympic Committee, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, claimed on Tuesday at the IOC that Russian athletes can participate in the Olympic Games without restrictions. Ukraine, for its part, is calling for its exclusion and accuses the International Committee of promoting war with its proposal for competition under a neutral banner.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is between a rock and a hard place, or rather torn between Russia and Ukraine. While considering the participation of Russian athletes under a neutral banner in the 2024 Olympics, Ukraine claims that the body promises “war” with this proposal while Russia wants to be able to participate without restrictions.

“Russians must participate under exactly the same conditions as all other athletes. All additional conditions and criteria are not welcome, especially those with a political component that is absolutely unacceptable for the Olympic Movement,” Stanislav Pozdnyakov said on Tuesday. January 31, quoted by Russian news agencies. “The Olympic Charter states that all athletes must participate on an equal footing.”

“The money that buys Olympic hypocrisy does not smell of Ukrainian blood”

These comments come the day after new strong criticism from Ukraine against the International Olympic Committee, which was considering a return under neutral flag of Russian and Belarusian athletes banned for almost a year, provided they did not “not supported” the Kremlin’s military intervention in Ukraine.

An adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Mykhailo Podoliak, accused the IOC of being the “promoter of war, murder and destruction”, days after kyiv directly threatened to boycott the 2024 Olympics in Paris in case of Russian participation. “It is obvious that the money that buys Olympic hypocrisy does not smell of Ukrainian blood. Isn’t it, Mr. Bach?” he said, personally targeting the German president. of the Olympic body.

At the end of the day on Monday, the international organization based in Lausanne said it “rejected” the declaration of Mykhaïlo Podoliak, declared for the time being the care of each federation to reinstate or not the banned sportsmen.

With AFP


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