Biathlete Martin Fourcade called discrimination the removal of Russians from international competitions

TASS |  Panoramic/Zuma
TASS | Panoramic/Zuma

Multiple Olympic champion in biathlon Martin Fourcade again called to return to the issue of allowing athletes from Russia and Belarus to participate in international competitions, drawing attention to the discriminatory nature of the ban on performances.

Prior to this, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that sports federations allow Russians and Belarusians to compete as neutral athletes.

“The exclusion of these athletes from competitions on the basis of their passport or nationality is discriminatory and contrary to the foundations of the sport,” Frenchman Francs Jeux is quoted as saying.

Last year, the celebrated biathlete was chosen as a new member of the IOC. Previously, he was a member of the sports commission of the organization for two terms of four years. Fourcade is sure that athletes are connected by common ties, and their nationality or political ideas should not prevent them from competing with each other.

Recall that the International Triathlon Union listened to the recommendations of the IOC and decided to allow athletes from the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus to participate in the competition.


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