This article was last updated on March 28, 2023
IOC may allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete
IOC President Thomas Bach believes that Russian and Belarusian athletes can make a comeback to international competitions with certain conditions. He stated that their participation does not pose any problems, and it is against human rights to exclude athletes based solely on their passport.
However, not all sports associations and governments agree with the IOC’s position, with some applying different rules and even announcing that they do not want to see Russian and Belarusian athletes in Paris. The IOC favors participation under a neutral flag, and endorses the principle that every athlete should be given the opportunity to practice their sport without political hindrance, but concerns remain about the feasibility of such a measure.