Olympics: Moscow says calls to ban Russian athletes from Olympics ‘unacceptable’

MOSCOW: Russian Minister of Sports Oleg Matytsin said on Saturday that the call from the ministers of more than 30 countries to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in 2024 Olympic unacceptable, TASS news agency reported.
A group of 35 countries, including the United States, Germany and Australia, will demand that Russian and Belarusian athletes be banned from participating in the 2024 Olympics, Lithuania’s Sports Minister said on Friday, deepening added uncertainty about the Paris Olympics.
The move increases pressure on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which is trying to avoid the sporting event being torn apart by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
“This is a direct intervention by ministers into the workings of independent international sports organisations, an attempt to impose conditions on athletes’ participation in international competitions, to completely unacceptable,” Matytsin was quoted as saying by TASS.
The IOC has opened its doors for Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as neutrals.
It has said that a boycott would violate the Olympic Charter and that its inclusion of Russians and Belarusians is based on a United Nation resolution against discrimination in the Olympic movement.
“We now see an undisguised desire to destroy the unity of international sport and the international Olympic movement, to make sport a means of pressure to solve key problems,” said Matytsin. treat”.
The RIA Novosti news agency also reported that Matytsin described the Polish Sports Minister’s proposal as “shameful”. Kamil Bortniczuk to form a refugee group consisting of Russian and Belarusian dissidents.


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