On Friday, one of the Ukrainian government ministers, who is a member of the executive committee of the country’s NOC, Oleg Nemchinov, announced that the country’s government had decided to ban its athletes from participating in qualifying competitions for the 2024 Olympic Games if the Russians participate in them.
Earlier, the IOC recommended that athletes from the Russian Federation and Belarus be admitted to international competitions in 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 several Ukrainian athletes and other members of the Olympic community. Several Ukrainian athletes have already stated that they oppose boycotts. We have always argued that governments should not decide which athletes can participate in competitions. international”, quotes the statement of the IOC of RIA Novosti.