Strict IOC Criteria for Russian Athletes to Compete as Neutrals


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Russian and Belarusian athletes have been given the green light to compete at the Paris 2024 Olympics under a neutral flag, but they must meet strict criteria set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC has outlined these “strict eligibility conditions” for athletes from Russia and Belarus who wish to participate in the upcoming games in France.

The IOC Executive Board has decided that neutral athletes who have qualified through the qualification systems will be eligible to compete in Paris. However, they must meet a set of conditions that could pose challenges for some athletes. The IOC has made it clear that they will not change their position regarding the Russian Olympic Committee. Nonetheless, the IOC Executive Board has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Ukrainian athletes to ensure a strong team from the Ukrainian Olympic Committee at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Out of the 4,600 athletes who have already qualified for Paris, only 11 are individual neutral athletes, with eight holding Russian passports and three holding Belarusian passports.

The IOC has established six conditions for Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete in France. These conditions include competing as individual athletes under the neutral flag, not being part of teams, not supporting the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, not being employed by the Russian or Belarusian military or national security agencies, complying with all anti-doping requirements, and facing sanctions against those responsible for the war, with no display of Russian or Belarusian flags, anthems, or colors at the Games.

In summary, Russian and Belarusian athletes have the opportunity to compete at the Paris 2024 Olympics under a neutral flag, but they must adhere to strict conditions set by the IOC. These conditions aim to ensure fair and respectful participation in the globally-renowned event.

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