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Russia hails ‘common sense victory’ at Olympic summit — RT Sport News

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Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Stanislav Pozdnyakov welcomed the developments at a summit hosted by international sports officials on Friday, saying it was a step forward in the hope that athletes Russians return to world competitions.

Pozdnyakov was among the personalities to attend the 11th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Summit, held at the organization’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

A crucial talking point has been the bans imposed on Russian and Belarusian athletes in a wide range of sports following an IOC recommendation in February after Moscow’s military operation began in Ukraine.

A statement released by the IOC on Friday said it would consider a proposal by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to allow athletes from Russia and Belarus to participate in events under its auspices.

He also noted that participants had taken into account recent comments such as those from French President Emmanuel Macron, who said that “Sport should not be politicized.”


The developments were seen as a sign that Russian and Belarusian athletes have more hope of being cleared for qualifying events ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics – even if sanctions such as banning their symbols and anthems nationals remain in place.

“First of all, I would like to emphasize the exceptional importance, in my opinion, of the declaration for Russian and Belarusian athletes”, Pozdnyakov said in a Telegram message.

“Participants at today’s IOC Summit were unanimous that there is no cause for further suspension of the athletes.

“This means that in the near future, our athletes will be able to return to the international stage and compete in Olympic qualifying competitions.

“Of course, this requires, at a minimum, the IOC to rescind the current recommendations, but the overall content and direction of today’s discussion is, in my view, a testament to the victory of sports diplomacy. and common sense, Pozdnyakov added.

Pozdnyakov praised the efforts of his Russian colleagues for their “useful and constructive work” on behalf of Russian athletes.

“As a result, what few believed until recently may soon become reality. The international Olympic community presented today a consolidated position, which meets the main humanitarian, sporting and moral criteria. added Pozdnyakov.


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The IOC maintained that it had only “sanctioned” the Russian and Belarusian governments – including by removing sporting events from their countries – and that the athletes themselves have been the subject of “Protective measures.”

IOC President Thomas Bach argued that the recommendation to suspend Russian and Belarusian athletes protects them from hostility outside their home countries, while maintaining the “integrity” of competitions.

But offering a potential solution, the Olympic Council of Asia and its acting president, India’s Randhir Singh, argued that “on the Asian continent, the reasons for protective measures no longer exist.”

The OCA has therefore “offered to facilitate the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus in competitions in Asia under its authority, while respecting the sanctions in place.”

Russian officials have consistently accused the IOC of discrimination since the bans were imposed on athletes, decrying the measures as politically motivated.

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