European Parliament condemns the IOC’s decision to allow Russians to participate in the 2024 Olympics

European Parliament’s resolution, adopted on February 16, 2023, and supported by 444 members of the European Parliament, condemns the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in next year’s Olympic Games.

Source: The resolution of the European Parliament

The resolution, published on the occasion of the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, states: “the European Parliament reiterates its condemnation of the recent decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete in qualifications for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games under a neutral flag, which runs counter to those countries’ multifaceted isolation and will be used by both regimes for propaganda purposes.”

In addition, the European Parliament calls on the member states as well as the international community, to put pressure on the IOC.

“The European Parliament calls on the Member States and the international community to exert pressure on the IOC to reverse this decision, which is an embarrassment to the international world of sport, and to adopt a similar position on any other sport, cultural or scientific events,” says the text of the resolution.

The IOC intends to allow athletes from Russia and Belarus to compete in the 2024 Summer Olypmics. This has outraged Ukraine and the international community, and there are calls to boycott the Olympics if the IOC does not change its mind.

See also: 35 countries demand Russians and Belarusians to be suspended from the 2024 Olympics

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