#respect for the IOC

Though I disagree with the decision to possibly, maybe allow some athletes from Russia and Belarus to perhaps in some-way compete the Paris Olympics — I have to admire whomever wrote this clarification for them.

They answer the hard questions one-by-one without waffling.

That said, the best decision would be to ban those athletes from Paris if Russia does not withdraw by a preassigned date.

There have been precedents in the past when you have excluded complete teams from the Olympic Games, like South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s.

The exclusion of South Africa was based on UN sanctions. Apartheid was also practised in South African sport. These UN sanctions applied to all walks of life. The IOC followed the United Nations with this decision. …

Do the current deliberations mean the IOC will allow athletes with a Russian and Belarusian passport at the Olympic Games Paris 2024?

This is premature. No decision has been taken on the participation of athletes with a Russian or Belarusian passport at the Olympic Games Paris 2024. The topic under discussion is about their participation in international competitions in Asia in the forthcoming summer sport season. …

Who will be responsible for determining whether a Russian or Belarussian athlete actively supports the war? What are the criteria to determine this?

Currently, an exploration of a primary concept for conditions of participation is underway. No decision has been taken. What the details could look like will have to be worked out and decided on. …

What will happen in the case of athletes from Russia and Belarus who have already missed out on qualification?

Some qualification events in several sports have already taken place. The IOC will not ask IFs to adapt their qualification systems retroactively to allocate additional quota to athletes with a Russian or Belarussian passport that have missed out on qualification opportunities due to the war. …

What if an athlete expresses support for the Russian invasion before or during the Olympic Games?

As outlined in the primary concept for conditions of participation, only athletes who fully respect the Olympic Charter would participate. Such behaviour is not compatible with the Olympic Charter.

First, only those who have not acted against the IOC’s peace mission by actively supporting the war in Ukraine could compete. …

#1 disqualified in all of Russia should be Nagorny.

Read the statement for yourself.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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