Eleven months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy made a request to his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. “Especially insisted that Russian athletes should not have their place at the Paris Olympics”This was stated in Telegram by the Ukrainian president after a telephone conversation with the head of the French state.
Russia invaded Ukraine from its own territory and that of Belarus on February 24, three days after the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, in violation of the Olympic Truce (which runs from one week before the start of the Olympics to one week). one week after the end of the Paralympic Games).
Lack of international sporting events for Russia and Belarus
Since then, no international sporting events have been organized or supported in Russia and Belarus, and the national symbols of these countries have not been displayed during sporting events. In a New Year’s message, IOC President Thomas Bach said at the end of 2022 that he would like his sports sanctions to be extended until 2023. “These sanctions against Russian and Belarusian states and governments must and will remain in place”he launched.
“We want to see a strong team from (…) Ukraine at the 2024 Olympics in Paris and the 2026 Winter Olympics in Cortina in Milan”Thomas Bach said, recalling “the full commitment of the IOC and the entire Olympic Movement to this solidarity.”
In mid-December, Vladimir Zelensky demanded that Russian athletes be placed in isolation. “total isolation” all international competitions. The Ukrainian president also pointed out to the IOC president his strong disagreement with the position of the American Olympic and Paralympic Committee, which in mid-December stated that it supported the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus in the Olympic Games in Paris on the condition that “they do not wear the colors of their countries” .