IOC recommends banning Russian and Belarusian athletes from international events

The Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee has advised the Sports Federation to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from participating in events after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The IOC said the board has made a decision “to protect the integrity of the global sporting event and to keep all participants safe” and that the body is acting “heartily”. rice field.

The Russian Olympic Committee has categorically opposed the IOC, stating that the decision “contradictions to both the IOC’s regulatory documents and the (Olympic) Charter.”

“As a first step, we believe we need to send a request to the League of Nations for an official response on the status of Russian athletes and their right to participate in international competitions. This is … the authority approved by the League of Nations. “Because I have it. Athletes to the international competitions of each sport,” the ROC said in a statement.

“As part of that, the Russian Olympic Committee consistently supports the rights and interests of Russian athletes and provides all the support needed to challenge the discriminatory decisions of the relevant League of Nations. Will be provided to. “

The IOC statement will be issued on Friday shortly before the Winter Paralympic Games begin in Beijing. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will meet on Wednesday to discuss Russia prior to the Games.

Following the IOC statement, football governing bodies FIFA and UEFA have suspended Russian national and club teams from all tournaments until further notice.

Sports organizations around the world are already opposed to Russia by refusing to host or play against Russian teams.

Olympic Order withdrawn from Putin

The IOC has reiterated its recommendation not to hold sporting events in Russia or Belarus.

The IOC also said it has made an extraordinary decision to withdraw the Olympic Order from anyone currently playing an important role in the Government of the Russian Federation, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Olympic Order is the highest award awarded by the Olympic Movement, and Putin received the gold honor in 2001.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko and Presidential Secretary Dmitry Kozak have also been stripped of their titles.

The IOC said it had made a decision “in light of the exceptional circumstances of the situation and the past Olympic truce by the Russian government and other very serious violations of the Olympic Charter.”

The Ukrainian Ministry of Health said on Sunday that 352 civilians, including 14 children, had been killed since the invasion of Russia last week. Belarus was an important staging area for the invasion.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” and states that it is designed not to occupy territory, but to destroy the military power of its southern neighbors and capture what it considers to be dangerous nationalists. I am.