Status: 09.12.2023, 07:27 a.m.
By: Lina Krull, Jannek Ringen
On the question of whether Russian athletes should be allowed to participate in the 2024 Olympics, the IOC was playing for time. Now a decision has been made.
Update from December 8, 15:41 p.m.: Athletes from Russia and Belarus are eligible to compete as neutral athletes at the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, the International Olympic Committee announced in a recommendation on Friday.
At the moment, eleven "neutral" athletes are affected by this regulation, who will be allowed to compete for medals in France next year. Eight athletes from Russia and three from Belarus qualified for the Olympics. The recommendation goes on to say that both supporters of the military and teams from both nations will remain excluded from the Olympic Games. (LIKR/SID)
First reported on 8 December: Lausanne – As things stand, no Russian athletes will be allowed to participate in the Olympic Games in Paris next summer. However, more and more national federations are pleading for athletes from Russia to be allowed to participate. This increases the pressure on the IOC.
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National governing bodies call on IOC to quickly resolve the Russia issue
Due to Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, athletes from Russia are actually not allowed to compete at the Olympics. But they could have come much closer to being allowed to start at the Olympics. According to the will of the international summer sports federations and the continental associations of the National Olympic Committees, athletes who have qualified for the Olympics under a neutral flag should be allowed to participate in Paris.
At the Olympic summit in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Tuesday, the governing bodies called on the International Olympic Committee to make a quick decision on the Russia issue. As a result, it is now under pressure to clarify the issue in the near future.
Russian athletes are hoping to take part in the Olympic Games. © IMAGO / ITAR-TASS; IMAGO / ANP
The DOSB also advocates a start for Russian athletes
The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) also recently changed its course on the Russia issue. With a reference to the other associations, the DOSB pleaded for a start under a neutral flag. "If Germany were the only country to block Russians and Belarusians from competing under a neutral flag, there would be no international sporting events in our country," explained DOSB President Thomas Weikert.
Back in September, Russian athletes were allowed to participate in the Paralympics in Paris. The Paralympic Committee had lifted its complete ban against Russia. This decision was seen as a harbinger of the IOC's decision.
Bach refers to strict conditions for athletes from Russia
The commitment of the national governing bodies makes the end of the ban at the Olympic level more likely. Nevertheless, IOC President Thomas Bach once again made it clear that the participation of Russian athletes is only possible under strict conditions.
They are only allowed to compete under a neutral flag at the Olympic Games. In addition, there must be no connection to the Russian army or security organs. Teams, meanwhile, would also not be allowed. Nevertheless, many Russian athletes will feel hope due to the wishes of the governing bodies. (jari)