Russian athletes were allowed to participate in the 2024 Olympics. But only a few will go to Paris.
Andrey Shitikhin December 8, 2023, 18:54 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
At the moment, very few Russians meet the sporting criteria. But the qualifications are still in progress.
The International Olympic Committee has decided to admit Russian athletes as neutral athletes at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Only those who have met the qualification standards may travel. There will be no additional qualification in those sports in which it has already been completed. Team sports are definitely a thing of the past.
Now more details. The admission criteria are the same as those that have already been discussed many times. Status – neutral. The flag, anthem and national colors on uniforms are unacceptable. The IOC has already presented an emblem that must be sewn on the uniforms of neutral athletes and on the white flag under which they can compete and receive medals. The IOC has not yet drawn up a neutral anthem, but it certainly won’t be the Olympic anthem.
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The IOC allowed Russia to participate in the 2024 Olympic Games. Which of our athletes will be able to compete in Paris?
There is nothing to say about the support of the Northern Military Region and the contract with law enforcement agencies. The “Z” symbol, the St. George ribbon, any well-known trademarks and slogans that can be attributed to the military are unacceptable. Interviews before, during and after the Olympic Games and participation in national events (for example, seeing off Olympic athletes at the Games near the Kremlin) are unacceptable.
Only if the above and other conditions are met, can the IOC consider inviting athletes to the Olympic Games as neutrals. That is, it is not enough to meet all the conditions, it is also necessary to obtain neutral status and an invitation to the 2024 Games.
In addition to political criteria, there are also sporting ones. Which have always been the main ones. These are grading standards. Only those who have met these standards will go to Paris. The IOC press release states that only eight Russian athletes qualified for the Olympic Games based on sporting principles. Overall, this is a strange figure, since only in judo did approximately the same number of athletes meet the sporting criteria. And there is also a fight where four licenses were won. Perhaps the IOC has already taken into account not only sporting criteria, but also political ones.
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Naturally, more than eight athletes from Russia will be able to participate in the Paris Games. The qualification period is still ongoing. Another question is whether they will want to travel in those conditions.
Maybe the team consists of 30-40 people. There are definitely no team sports anymore, and these are football, basketball (including 3×3), volleyball (including beach), handball, field hockey, rugby 7, water polo and synchronized swimming. Well, all relay races and any discipline in which two or more athletes compete.
Yes, the press release of the International Olympic Committee contains an important warning: even if an athlete met all the criteria and went through all the stages of a humiliating selection, the IOC reserves the right to deny him participation in the Olympic Games. Without explaining the reason.