EFE.- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended this Wednesday the readmission of russian athletes and Belarusians in international competitionsunder neutral flag and if they meet a series of conditionsbetween them “not having actively supported the war in Ukraine“.
The executive of the IOC considers that “no athlete can be prevented from competing because of their passport“.
The extent comes to a exact year and a half after the opening of the Paris Olympics, whose qualifying tournaments are already underway. Now Russian and Belarusian athletes, the two countries that were sanctioned for the invasion of Ukraine, will be able to access the competitions.
In this decisionthe IOC claims to have taken into consideration a letter from the UN rapporteur against racism and discriminationin which he showed his concern by the fact that ban the participation of athletes, referees and other sports actors based on your nationality could be discriminatory.
It is also taken into account example of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Gamesin which Yugoslav athletes at the time were able to compete as independents without representing their country, since it was subject to international sanctions.
The statement also stresses that Russian and Belarusian athletes who are readmitted must show their anti-doping code compliance; in this sense yesand sometthey were to individual tests.
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The IOC also reiterates the need to strengthen its sanctions against Russia and Belarus as states. They imply not organizing any international sporting event in them, and not using the flags, anthems or other emblems of both in competitions.
Likewise, no high-ranking official of the Russian and Belarusian governments will receive an invitation or accreditation to international sporting events, the IOC stresses.