"Red Line": Russia complains it can't challenge IOC demands

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Matytsin speaks out about IOC requirements

Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin complained that it is virtually impossible for the aggressor country to challenge the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) ban on Russian athletes competing under the national flag. At the same time, he added that "there is a certain red line" that may arise if sanctions are tightened.

Matytsin said this in a comment to the propaganda news agency TASS. The official noted that the IOC has backed up its demands for Russians to be allowed to participate in international competitions with decisions of the Executive Committee and Congress.


"Unfortunately, it is legally difficult to challenge these decisions, because in one way or another, international federations are the governing organisations in their sports and determine the rules, which are also supported by decisions of the relevant bodies - the executive committee or congress. From a legal point of view, it is difficult to challenge them, although, of course, there is a certain red line that neither managers, athletes nor coaches will cross. It's too early to talk about this, we need to wait for specific requirements," Matytsin said.


Earlier, the Russian minister admitted that he did not believe in a conspiracy by IOC officials against representatives of the aggressor country on the issue of admission to the Olympics.

As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, well-known Russian commentator Dmitry Guberniev expressed confidence that Russia would not be allowed to participate in the 2024 Olympic Games.

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