The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said that the sanctions against Russian and Belarusian athletes approved in 2022 are non-negotiable.
"Sanctions against the states and governments of Russia and Belarus are non-negotiable. They were unanimously confirmed by the recent Olympic Summit on December 9, 2022," the IOC said in a statement on Twitter.
In accordance with these sanctions, there are the following prohibitions:
International sports events organized or supported by Olympic committees cannot take place in Russia and Belarus.
Russians and Belarusians may not use their anthems, colors or other national symbols at any sporting events and meetings organized by the IOC.
Government or state officials of Russia and Belarus cannot be accredited to any international meeting or sporting event.
It is noted that the published statement of the IOC is a reaction to the comments of the president of the NOC of Russia, Stanislav Pozdniakov, that Russians should participate in the 2024 Olympics on an equal basis with everyone else.
The IOC published a statement suggesting that Russians and Belarusians will be able to compete at the Olympics in Paris under a neutral flag.
Later, the IOC commented on the possible admission of Russian and Belarusian athletes to international competitions. The organization noted that the performance under the neutral flag has proven itself well.
The Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine, Vadym Gutzait, stated that Ukraine may refuse to participate in the 2024 Olympics, which should be held in Paris, due to the admission of Russian and Belarusian athletes to the competition.