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Post: IOC president rejects the principle of “collective guilt” in relation to Russian athletes


IOC president Bach spoke out against Russian participation in the 2024 Olympics and against collective guilt.

MOSCOW, March 23 – RIA Novosti. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) declarationimplying the “collective guilt” of Russian athletes, opposing the political influence and outlook on sports.

Executive Committee IOC On January 25, while advocating the return of Russian and Belarusian athletes to international competitions with neutral status, he proposed that athletes who actively support the special operations in Ukraine should not be allowed. The results of the consultations on the status of Russian and Belarusian athletes will be summarized on March 28.

Bach clarified that the IOC may recommend banning athletes from displaying the Z symbol. He said that for the Olympic Games to be a unifying force, it must remain neutral.

“Our principles are clear – any active support for military action, including the display of the Z symbol on clothing, on social networks, etc., is prohibited. Whoever does this should not participate in the competition, but the Federations will decide, because the IOC can only make one recommendation,” Bach’ According to the Associated Press.
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The head of the IOC also promised that on March 28, when the IOC Executive Committee will discuss the issue of the admission of Russian athletes, guidelines on athletes who are directly related to or have possession of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will be announced. It has ties to military organizations.

In February 2022, the IOC recommended that international sports federations prevent Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing due to the situation in Ukraine. A number of international federations followed the recommendations, others allowed athletes in neutral status.

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