Moscow, Jan 26 (EFE).- The Russian Sports activities Minister, Oleg Matitsin, described as inadmissible the choice of the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) to suggest the readmission of Russian and Belarusian athletes to worldwide competitions underneath a impartial flag and if They meet a lot of circumstances, together with “not having actively supported the conflict in Ukraine.”
“We take into account it inadmissible to determine particular circumstances for athletes that don’t correspond to the Olympic Constitution, with the rules of equality and justice,” Matitsin mentioned in an announcement printed on his portfolio’s Telegram channel.
He harassed that “politics can not and shouldn’t be combined with sports activities” and that “there isn’t any room for hypothesis in regards to the particular army operation”, as Moscow calls its conflict marketing campaign in Ukraine.
“For our athletes, representing the nation is an honor and a supply of pleasure. It has at all times been like that,” the minister harassed.
He added that “exterior strain” has allowed Russia to worth its personal assets and do the whole lot potential to strengthen the nationwide sport.
“We’re a self-sufficient nation, with nice sporting traditions, which has demonstrated its capability to arrange main worldwide sporting occasions, which had been additionally valued positively by the IOC”, recalled Matitsin.
The minister harassed that in sports activities for Russia “there are not any pleasant and unfriendly nations” and that “political interference in sports activities is inadmissible.”
The IOC’s resolution got here precisely a 12 months and a half after the opening of the Paris Olympic Video games, whose qualifying tournaments are already underway. Now athletes from the 2 nations that had been sanctioned will have the ability to entry them.
The IOC acknowledged that it had considered a letter from the UN Rapporteur towards racism and discrimination, through which it expressed its concern that banning the participation of athletes, referees and different sports activities actors based mostly on their nationality could possibly be discriminatory.
The instance of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Video games was additionally taken into consideration, through which Yugoslav athletes on the time had been capable of compete as independents with out representing their nation, because it was topic to worldwide sanctions.
The IOC harassed that readmitted Russian and Belarusian athletes should present their compliance with the anti-doping code, and on this sense they are going to be subjected to particular person exams.
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