It is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that will take “sovereign decision” On the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the Olympics, Sports Minister Amelie Odea Castera told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Tuesday, April 25.
While qualifications for the 2024 Olympic Games have already begun in some disciplines, the PACE Committee has organized a public hearing with the aim of drafting a report on the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the Games.
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During this hearing, Amélie Oudéa-Castera has been invited to speak on behalf of the host country for the upcoming Olympic Games to be held in Paris from July 26 to August 11, 2024.
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The minister confirmed this in a video message France recognizes and respects the autonomy of the sports movement.. I promised “Do everything possible” So that Ukrainian athletes perform well at the 2024 Olympic Games, in particular thanks to the aid of 1 million euros. This help will “full support” From the base camp to prepare the Ukrainian Olympic delegation, select the minister.
Do not condemn athletes
Ukraine’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Andriy Chesnokov, was also invited to speak on the subject, and asked the Parliamentary Assembly to continue “to support without fail” Ukraine, by banning Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing.
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Meanwhile, IOC representatives, including Gabe Ahrens, former fencer and chair of the Association of National Olympic Committees in Africa (ANOCA) Athletes Committee, have called for it not to. “condemn the athletes” the actions of their leaders.
Last March, the International Olympic Committee recommended that Russian and Belarusian athletes be returned to international competitions, under the banner of neutrality and “Individually”, if they do not actively support the war in Ukraine. The organization has not made a decision yet.