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Lhe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made its resolution: fourteen Russian athletes and eleven Belarusian athletes will likely be licensed to participate within the Paris Olympic Games below a impartial banner. Although they have been initially excluded because of the battle in Ukraine, these athletes will in the end be capable to compete on the Olympics.

According to the Olympic physique, they are going to compete in 4 disciplines: highway biking, gymnastics/trampoline, weightlifting and wrestling. After the impediment of {qualifications} and a double examine from the worldwide federations after which the IOC, the athletes needed to show their absence of energetic assist for the struggle in Ukraine and of any hyperlink with their nation's military.

Without having the ability to show their nationwide colours, “neutral individual athletes” is not going to take part within the parade on the Seine in the course of the opening ceremony and won’t be included within the medal desk. In March, the IOC awarded them a selected flag bearing the letters “AIN” on an apple inexperienced background, in addition to a short musical composition with out phrases which is able to function an anthem within the occasion of an Olympic victory.

IOC regularly reintroduces Russian and Belarusian athletes

On Friday, World Aquatics, the worldwide swimming federation, granted impartial athlete standing to Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova and almost a dozen Belarusian swimmers.

Last March, the IOC deliberate the participation of 36 Russians and 22 Belarusians within the Paris Games “according to the most likely scenario”, with a most potential of 55 Russians and 28 Belarusians. This represents a a lot smaller presence than that of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the place 330 Russian athletes and 104 Belarusian athletes have been certified.

READ ALSO 2024 Olympics: the 14 French candidates to be flag bearersFor its half, Ukraine is working to forestall the participation of any Russian athlete within the Paris Olympics. The Minister of Sports, Matvi Bidny, declared that these athletes are and will likely be “used by the enormous propaganda machine” of the Kremlin. For a number of months, kyiv has been compiling a listing of athletes with hyperlinks to the military or supporting the struggle in Ukraine.