Officials from Ukraine have condemned what they see as a change in position by Olympic chiefs over Russian and Belarusian athletes’ participation at Paris 2024.
Ukraine condemns ‘change’ of IOC plans over Russians
Ukraine’s sports ministry has condemned what it says is a partial change of position by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on allowing Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete in international competitions as neutrals.
Ukrainian Olympic boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko said that IOC president Thomas Bach “serves the colours and interests of Russia” as he also criticised the stance, along with politicians from countries including Germany, Poland and Lithuania.
The IOC issued recommendations on Tuesday for the athletes’ gradual return to world sport, with President Thomas Bach saying their participation “works” despite Russia’s war in Ukraine.
“The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine condemns the partial change of the position of the International Olympic Committee regarding the non-admission of Russian and Belarusian athletes,” a Ukrainian ministry statement said on Wednesday.