Geneva (EFE).- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended this Wednesday the readmission of Russian and Belarusian athletes to international competitions, under a neutral flag and if they meet a series of conditions, including “not having actively supported the Ukrainian war.
The IOC Executive considers that “no athlete can be deprived of competing because of their passport.”
The measure comes exactly a year and a half after the opening of the Paris Olympic Games, whose qualifying tournaments are already underway. Now athletes from the two countries that were sanctioned will be able to access them.
In this decision, the IOC says it has taken into consideration a letter from the UN rapporteur against racism and discrimination, in which it expressed its concern about the fact that prohibiting the participation of athletes, referees and other sports actors based on your nationality could be discriminatory.
The example of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games is also taken into account, in which Yugoslav athletes at the time were able to compete as independents without representing their country, since it was subject to international sanctions.
The IOC stresses that Russian and Belarusian athletes must also comply with the anti-doping code
The statement also stresses that readmitted Russian and Belarusian athletes must show their compliance with the anti-doping code, and in this sense they will be subjected to individual tests.
The IOC also reiterates the need to strengthen its sanctions against Russia and Belarus as States, which imply not organizing any international sporting event in them, and not using the flags, anthems or other emblems of both in competitions.
Likewise, the IOC emphasizes that no senior official of the Russian and Belarusian governments can be invited or accredited to sporting events.