IOC: It is “too early” to talk about a boycott of Russia in Paris 2024

The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, assured this Friday that it is "too soon" to talk about Russia’s participation or not in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Bach made these statements in a meeting with international media during the second day of his working visit to Havana and when he was questioned about a possible boycott of Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

"I want to be very clear: the time has not yet come to talk about the Olympic Games in Paris. It’s too soon"stated Bach, who added that "it is too early to talk about any kind of boycott".

The IOC president explained that consultations are currently being carried out with the Olympic committees of all the countries and with the different sports federations to "consider everything" on the situation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in international competitions in the coming months.

As soon as these consultations are concluded, he added, the IOC will propose a "recommendation". It is, Bach pointed out, "explore shapes" on how to deal with the situation "athletes with Russian and Belarusian passports": "It’s all about the athletes"he stressed.

The IOC President also referred to Cuba’s Olympic role and said "very happy" and "impressed" after his visit to key sports facilities in Havana.

The visit, which began this Thursday, has helped him to "learn from their preparations for the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games" and meet with representatives of the Cuban government.

Cuba, he affirmed, is a "major country" for the sport for the Olympic medals it has achieved. "Cubans can be very proud of their greatest successes"he assured.


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