On Friday, one of the ministers of the Ukrainian government, a member of the country’s NOC executive committee, Oleg Nemchinov, announced that the country’s government had decided to ban its athletes from participating in qualifying competitions for the 2024 Olympics. if the Russians participate.Previously, the IOC had recommended that athletes from the Russian Federation and Belarus be admitted to international competitions in a neutral status, subject to a number of strict requirements.The International Olympic Committee believes that the current decision of the Ukrainian authorities will have a negative impact on their athletes.“If implemented, such a decision would contradict the position of a number of Ukrainian athletes and other members of the Olympic community. A number of Ukrainian athletes have already stated that they oppose the boycotts. We have always maintained that governments should not decide which athletes can participate in international competitions”, he quotes RIA News IOC statement.
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