International sports federations will be responsible for admitting athletes from Russia and Belarus to participate in the Olympic Games. This was announced at a press conference following the meeting of the IOC’s executive committee, the organization’s president, Thomas Bach.
“The decision for admission (of Russians to participate in the Olympics) will be taken by the sports federations, they can decide that the athletes should compete, find the necessary mechanisms,” Bach said.
According to Bach, a special body will be created under the aegis of the summer and winter sports federations. As part of his responsibility, there will be final decisions on the admission of athletes from the Russian Federation and Belarus to the Games. The requirements should be the same for all sports.
The IOC has not begun to cancel recommendations to ban international competitions on the territory of the Russian Federation. Recommendations on the non-admission of athletes associated with armed forces and security agencies remain in effect.
Earlier, IOC chief Thomas Bach issued a statement against the principle of “collective culpability” of Russian athletes. He also criticized the actions of Western politicians who interfere in sports.
One of the most successful biathletes in history, Martin Fourcade, also spoke out for the return of Russian and Belarusian athletes to the Olympics. He launched an appeal to recall the Olympic values.
IOC says it will be up to sports federations to decide on Russia’s participation in the Games