The Olympic movement delayed a decision on allowing Russians and Belarusians at Paris 2024 but the body’s president said their participation in sport ‘works’.
Participation by Russian athletes ‘works’: IOC’s Bach
The International Olympic Committee has issued recommendations for the gradual return to international competitions for Russian and Belarusian athletes, with president Thomas Bach saying their participation “works” despite the ongoing war in Ukraine.
The IOC had sanctioned Russia and Belarus after the February 2022 invasion but it is now eager to see athletes come back across all sports and have a chance to qualify for the 2024 Olympics, though a decision on actual participation in Paris was delayed.
Ukraine has threatened to boycott the Paris Games should they compete there, even as neutrals.
“Participation of athletes with Russian and Belarusian passports in international competitions works,” Bach said in his address at the start of the IOC’s executive board meeting at its headquarters in Lausanne on Tuesday.