Sat. Sep 30th, 2023

The US Olympic Committee and the Paris Olympic Organizing Committee expressed their support for the International Olympic Committee 스포츠토토(IOC) policy that allowed Russia to participate in the Paris Olympics.

The Associated Press reported on the 2nd (Korean time), “The US Olympic Committee President supported the IOC policy that allowed Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in the Paris Olympics as neutral countries.” The Paris Olympic Organizing Committee also expressed its position that it would abide by the IOC’s decision in a written response related to this.

In February of last year, when the war broke out in Ukraine, the IOC banned international sports events from being held in Belarus, which helped Russia invade Ukraine, as well as Russia through international federations for each event. It also banned athletes from the two countries from using their flags and national anthems in international competitions.

While the IOC announced that it would maintain sanctions against the two countries during the war, it opened the way for athletes from the two countries to participate in the Paris Olympics as members of neutral countries, drawing fierce opposition from Ukraine.

Ukraine categorically opposed Russia’s participation in the Olympics. Last week, Ukraine’s President Zelensky criticized the IOC in a strong tone, saying, “The IOC’s allowing Russian athletes to compete is to show the world that terrorism is acceptable.”

Ukraine plans to hold an emergency general meeting of the Olympic Committee on the 3rd to discuss a boycott of the Paris Olympics.

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