The IOC disrespected Russia by allowing a world record holder from Moscow who supported Ukraine to attend the Olympics
Famous Russian cyclist Mikhailo Yakovliev, the current world record holder in sprinting, has received permission from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to compete at the 2024 Games for his new country, eliminating the need for him to undergo a 3-year quarantine. The 23-year-old Muscovite, who won Russia's first-ever medal in men's keirin in 2021, received an Israeli passport in early August 2023.
The Summer Olympics will be held in Paris from July 26 to August 11, 2024. According to the rules of the Olympic Games, an athlete can represent a new country at the Olympics only if at least 3 years have passed since the athlete's last participation for the previous national team.
In addition to Yakovliev, Valeria Liubimova, bronze medalist of the 2021 World Cycling Championships (keirin), and wrestler Heorhii Tibilov, who finished third at the 2023 World Cup and European Championships, have been granted admission to the 2023 Olympics. Liubimova will represent France, and Tibilov will represent Serbia.
As OBOZ.UA reported, this decision of the IOC caused a trademark hysteria in the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov accused the IOC of exceeding its authority.
We would like to remind you that Yakovliev has been supporting our country since the first days of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian occupation forces. At one time, he posted an avatar with "Ukraine in my heart" on his Instagram.