The IOC says Ukraine’s boycott of qualifying events “raises serious questions.”
The International Olympic Committee says Ukraine’s decision to boycott Olympic qualifying events in Paris if Russians participate “raises serious questions” (IOC).
On April 1, Ukrainian government minister Oleh Nemchinov announced the boycott.
The International Olympic Committee has recommended that Russian and Belarussian athletes compete under a neutral flag.
However, it has yet to make a decision on the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
In response to Ukraine’s stance, the IOC stated, “If implemented, such a decision would only harm the Ukrainian athlete community.”
“It would have no effect on the war that the world wants to end and that the IOC has strongly condemned.”
“This raises serious concerns about Ukrainian sport’s autonomy.” The International Olympic Committee has always maintained that it is not up to governments to decide which athletes can compete in which international competitions.”
The IOC also stated that the decision contradicts “a number of Ukrainian athletes and other members of the Ukrainian Olympic community.”
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