Athletes of Russia and Belarus will not participate in the opening ceremony

March 30, 2024
Athletes of Russia and Belarus will not participate in the opening ceremony

Russian and Belarusian athletes will not participate in the mission parade ceremony during the opening ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games scheduled for next July, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday. These athletes will compete as solo neutrals under a specially designed flag and a wordless anthem produced by the International Olympic Committee, in a parade of missions.

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She announced International Olympic Committee Tuesday that my athletes Russia Belarus will not participate in the mission review ceremony during the opening ceremony of the session Olympic Games In Paris 2024 next July.

Olympic-qualified athletes from both countries are scheduled to compete as independent athletes without their own flags and national anthems after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

The opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics will not be held in a stadium, but will be organized on… Seine With team boats passing in front of an estimated 300,000 spectators.

He will not participate Athletes of Russia and Belaruswho will compete as solo neutrals under a specially designed flag and a wordless anthem produced by the International Olympic Committee, in a parade of delegations.

“Given that they are neutral athletes, they will not participate in the parade of missions during the celebration ceremony,” the IOC said after the Executive Board meeting. However, it said they will have the opportunity to watch and participate in all other parts of the opening ceremony except the mission parade.

It included a statement from the Olympic Organizing Committee Paris 2024 after the International Olympic Committee decided that “this decision is a logical consequence of the fact that athletes holding passports from Russia and Belarus are not selected as part of delegations, but as individual athletes.”

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The IOC also indicated that the athletes who will qualify will be examined by a three-member committee, which will be chaired by IOC Vice President Nicole Hofferts, in order to meet the eligibility criteria set by the Olympic Committee for athletes from Russia and Belarus.

Athletes who supported the war, which Moscow describes as a “special military operation”, or who are contractors to the army or security services will not be allowed to participate in Paris 2024.

It is worth noting that the International Olympic Committee joined the Russian Olympic Committee last October for its recognition of the regional Olympic councils for the regions occupied by Russia in Ukraine Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhya.

Earlier Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee criticized Russia’s plans to host its own “Friendship Games” later in 2024, saying it was a political act that violates the Olympic Charter.

The International Olympic Committee said it expects an estimated 36 athletes from Russia and 22 athletes to participate Belarus in Paris, compared to the Russian team of 330 athletes at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Belarus had a team of 104 athletes at those games.

France 24/Reuters

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