The IOC has published the conditions for the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus at the Olympics in Paris

International Olympic Committee published March 19, full rules for the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus at the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024. They will not be able to take part in the parade at the opening ceremony of the Olympics; the medalists will be played a specially written anthem without words and raised a green, neutral flag.

Representatives of national teams participate in the opening parade, the IOC clarified. Athletes will be given the opportunity to “gain experience” of participating in the ceremony itself. Similar rules were in effect for participants in the 1992 Olympics from Yugoslavia, according to the text on the committee’s website. It is noted that the decision on participation in the closing ceremony will be made later.

If athletes from Russia and Belarus win the competition, a special anthem will be played and a special green-white flag will be raised with the text “Individual Neutral Athlete,” the text says. At previous games, where Russian athletes were not allowed, they performed under the flag of the National Olympic Committee and a fragment of a Tchaikovsky concert. This practice was criticized by opponents of Russian participation in the games.

The IOC approved the composition of the commission approving the participation of Russians and Belarusians in the games. It included IOC Vice President Nicole Hevertz from Aruba, former NBA player Pau Gasol and South Korean Olympic table tennis champion Yoo Seung-min.

According to the IOC, up to 54 athletes from Russia and 28 Belarusians can qualify for the games in Paris. At the previous games in Tokyo, 330 Olympians from Russia and 104 Belarusians took part, the text notes. Athletes who “actively supported the war” and employees of law enforcement agencies and the army will not be allowed to participate in the games.

  • Russian and Belarusian athletes were suspended from international competition due to Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine. During the initial phase of the invasion, the Russian army used Belarus as a springboard for the invasion. Ukraine opposes the admission of any Russian athletes to tournaments in any status.
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