IOC points preliminary record of 14 Russians, 11 Belarusians given impartial standing for Paris Olympics | EUROtoday

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The IOC authorised 14 athletes from Russia and 11 Belarusians with impartial standing to compete on the Paris Olympics in a primary record from some sports activities printed Saturday.

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Five sports activities – although not tennis, swimming or judo – have been assessed by an International Olympic Committee panel judging if athletes had expressed help for the Russian invasion of Ukraine or had ties to sports activities golf equipment linked to the army or state safety providers.

Cycling, gymnastics, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling have been assessed first and lists of athletes from different Olympic sports activities are more likely to comply with inside days.

Athletes authorised Saturday embody the defending Olympic champion in males’s trampoline, Ivan Litvinovich from Belarus, and Russian bike owner Aleksandr Vlasov, who has three profession top-10 finishes in Grand Tours.

It remains to be unclear what number of Russian athletes will compete on the Olympics being held from July 26-Aug. 11. The IOC already barred them from collaborating within the opening ceremony parade of athletes scheduled on boats crusing alongside the River Seine.

No athletes have been authorised by the IOC in taekwondo, the place the Russian crew took two of the eight gold medals in Tokyo three years in the past by Vladislav Larin and Maksim Khramtsov.

“In some sports, the number of eligible athletes may be lower than the number of earned quota places,” the IOC mentioned in an announcement.

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Russia and Belarus are banned from crew sports activities on the Paris Olympics due to the battle on Ukraine.

Individual athletes with Russian and Belarusian passports have been allowed to compete as neutrals in qualifying occasions in most different sports activities, then apply for entry to the Olympics.

Ukrainian athletes together with Olympic medalists and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy have urged IOC and sports activities leaders to impose a blanket ban on all Russians. Track and discipline did that, and soccer our bodies FIFA and UEFA excluded Russian groups from worldwide play inside days of the invasion beginning in February 2022.

The two-stage vetting course of for impartial standing goes by sports activities governing our bodies, then the IOC panel earlier than appeals are doable on the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Further situations imposed on the athletes embody competing as Individual Neutral Athletes, with the acronym in French AIN, with out the Russian flag – and in uniforms that aren’t in its colours of purple, white and blue.

The Russian anthem can be barred, changed with music commissioned by the IOC, and medals they win shouldn’t be included in any desk.