Zelensky asks that athletes from Russia and Belarus not compete in the Paris Games

The effects of the war in Ukraine could reach one of the most important sporting events in the world: the 2024 Paris Olympics, for those who still have more than a year and a half left for its celebration.

This Wednesday the President of Ukraine Volodimir Zelensky held a conversation with the IOC President Thomas Bach in which the Ukrainian leader asked the highest Olympic body not to allow athletes from Russia and Belarus to compete in the Paris 2024 Games. Zelensky’s request does not stop there, since the Ukrainian president asks the IOC not to allow these Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate, even under a neutral flag.

“Since the month of February, 184 Ukrainian athletes have died as a result of Russia’s actions. You cannot try to be neutral when the foundations for a peaceful life are destroyed and human rights are ignored universal,” Zelensky assured Bach during their phone call.

It is still early for a final decision on the case to be known, but if the ban on athletes from Russia and Belarus to compete in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games is confirmed, it would be another hard blow for athletes from both countries, since as a result of the war in Ukraine, the teams and clubs of Russia and Belarus have been left out of tournaments such as the World Cup in Qatar, the Champions League, this year’s Eurobasket, the Euroleague Basketball, the Davis Cup and the Billie Jean King Cup, in addition to the fact that tennis players from both countries could not play Wimbledon by the British government’s ban.

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