Team ban: IOC makes new decision on Russia's suspension

Alexander ChekanovLife
Russia suspended from international competitions

Russian and Belarusian athletes will be able to participate in individual international competitions under neutral status. At the same time, representatives of the aggressor countries will not be able to compete for medals in team tournaments.

This was announced by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach following a meeting of the organisation's Executive Committee at a press conference broadcast on the IOC's YouTube channel. He announced the criteria for the admission of athletes from the Russian Federation and Belarus, recalling the bloody war that Russia, with the support of Belarus, unleashed against Ukraine.


"Athletes who support the war have no right to compete. Athletes who are affiliated with the military or state security services cannot be allowed to compete. Neutral athletes who will be allowed to compete must comply with anti-doping rules. In addition, no international tournaments should be held in Russia or Belarus. Flags, anthems and other national symbols cannot be displayed," Bach stressed.


He added that these recommendations do not concern the participation of Russians and Belarusians in the 2024 and 2026 Olympic Games. A solution to this issue will be discussed later.


As reported by OBOZREVATEL, two-time Olympic biathlon champion Dmitry Vasilyev on the eve of the Executive Committee of the IOC called it "a ball of nastiness and hypocrisy.

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