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State Sports Association criticizes IOC decision on Paris 2024

The Russia issue is dividing the sports world ahead of the 2024 Olympics, and the Hesse State Sports Association has once again taken a clear stance.

An athlete from Russia celebrates with a flag after an event at the 2014 Olympic Games. photo.aussiedlerbote.de
An athlete from Russia celebrates with a flag after an event at the 2014 Olympic Games. photo.aussiedlerbote.de

Sports policy - State Sports Association criticizes IOC decision on Paris 2024

The State Sports Association of Hesse has criticized the IOC's decision to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to take part in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris as neutral athletes. "Russia is still waging a brutal war of aggression against Ukraine and the close connection between the state, the military and Russian sport cannot be denied," said lsb h President Juliane Kuhlmann in a statement issued by the umbrella organization on Thursday.

"Furthermore, in our view, the state-supported doping system has neither been dealt with nor overcome," added the official. The state sports federation is therefore against the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus. The legal opinion presented by the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) in the spring, according to which the exclusion of Russian athletes from international sports competitions is not a violation of international prohibitions on discrimination, remains valid for the state sports federation.

The International Olympic Committee(IOC) decided last Friday that Russian and Belarusian athletes would be allowed to take part in the Olympic Games in Paris as neutral athletes. The governing body granted individual athletes from both countries permission to compete subject to certain conditions, provided they meet the qualification requirements. As is already the case for returning to international competitions, the condition is that Russians and Belarusians may only compete in Paris under a neutral flag. Teams are not permitted.

Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) had called on the IOC and the world sports federations to consistently exclude Russian and Belarusian individual athletes if they supported the Russian war of aggression in any way or had any connection to the Russian government or the Russian military.

Communication from the national sports federation IOC communication

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Source: www.stern.de

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