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Final: Athletes from Russia and Belarus will be allowed to participate in the Olympics – without the flag | Israel Hayom

2023-12-08T15:59:12.800Z

Highlights: Athletes from Russia and Belarus will be allowed to compete in the Paris 2024 Olympics without flags, emblems or anthems. The decision was made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday. No Russian or Belarusian athletes will be able to take part in team sports at the Games, which will be held in Paris. The IOC said the decision was based on the fact that the countries had not participated in any team sports in the past. It is not known whether the decision will be extended to other countries.


The International Olympic Committee on Friday allowed athletes from these countries to compete as independents in Paris 2024, without flags, emblems or anthems • No participation in team sports will be allowed


The International Olympic Committee on Friday allowed Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as independent athletes at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games without flags, emblems or anthems.

Athletes were initially banned from international competition following Russia's invasion of Ukraine two years ago, however, in March, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued recommendations to international sports federations to allow Russian and Belarusian competitors to return, and have since done so at most events.

"The IOC Board of Directors (EB) has decided that individual neutral athletes' who have qualified through the existing qualification systems of the International Federations will be declared eligible to compete in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games under a number of conditions: they will be without flags or insignia of the countries, and they have not actively supported the war in the past." The Olympic body said in a statement.

The neutral athletes from Russia and Belarus will compete only in individual sports and teams from both countries will not be allowed to participate in Paris. No government or state official will be invited to the Games. The big question now is how Ukraine will react to the decision and whether it will eventually boycott the Games.

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