PACE could soon urge banning Russian athletes from Olympic Games
The IOC recommended that Russian and Belarusian athletes be allowed to compete under several conditions (Photo:REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is preparing a resolution in support of suspending Russian and Belarussian athletes from the Olympic movement, Ukrainian MP and PACE delegate, Yevheniya Kravchuk, said in a Facebook post on April 25.
Kravchuk emphasized that participation in the Olympics is not a basic human right, "unlike the right to life, which Russia has taken away from many Ukrainian athletes." She made this statement during a hearing of the PACE Committee on Culture, Education, Media and Sport.
“The aggressor states have received a clear signal from PACE members: tyranny will not be tolerated in any realm, including sports,” said Kravchuk.
“We’re preparing a resolution that would cement our position (in favor) of a complete suspension of Russians and Belarussians from the Olympic movement.”
On March 28, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended allowing Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete in the Olympics, with some conditions. Following this decision, Ukraine banned its athletes from participating in competitions where Russians are present, including the qualifying events for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
On April 5, the International Equestrian Federation refused to admit Russian athletes to its competitions, despite the recommendation of the IOC.
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