The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has urged the national committees of those countries that do not want the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the 2024 Games to prevent the signing of the corresponding declaration. This is reported by the German newspaper Der Spiegel. The IOC letter was signed by the Director of the IOC’s Department of Relations with National Olympic Committees (NOCs), James McLeod.
“We strongly recommend that you contact your minister to ensure that he does not sign the declaration, or at least ensure that the wording reflects the views of the Olympic Movement as much as possible,” the letter says.
The German Olympic Sports Confederation said it had not received such a letter. Suddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). The Norwegian Sports Confederation also reported that Norway did not receive this letter. Dagbladet.
On Friday, politicians from more than 30 countries agreed to oppose the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the Paris Summer Olympics. Among these countries are the USA, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Great Britain, France and others, reports SZ. A decision is expected by the end of this week.
The IOC, which recommended after the start of the military operation to remove Russian and Belarusian athletes from international competitions, is now discussing the possibility of their return, but under a number of conditions.
In the event of Russia’s participation in the Games in Paris, Ukraine announced their possible boycott, Poland made the same statement.
For calls to prevent athletes from participating in international competitions, read the publication “Kommersant” “Russia is blocked from the north.”