Russian athletes will not be allowed to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics: Zelensky tells Macron

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Volodymyr Zelensky told Emmanuel Macron that Russian athletes should be suspended from the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Kyiv:

Russian athletes should have “no place” at the 2024 Paris Olympics, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday as his country marked 11 months of war.

“I especially emphasized that athletes from Russia should not have a place in the Paris Olympics,” Zelensky wrote on Telegram after a phone call with Macron.

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Russia launched its invasion on February 24 last year, just days after the Beijing Winter Olympics closing ceremony.

The International Olympic Committee quickly approved Russia and neighboring Belarus, which Moscow’s troops used as a launching pad for the attack.

No international sporting event has been organized in Russia or Belarus since the outbreak of the conflict, and the countries’ national symbols have been removed from such major competitions.

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IOC chief Thomas Bach said last year he would like to see sports sanctions extended in 2023 and a strong Ukrainian team at the Paris Olympics and Italy’s 2026 Winter Olympics.

Zelensky called in December for all Russian athletes to be completely isolated from international competitions.

The Ukrainian president also told Bach that he strongly opposed the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s view that Russian and Belarusian athletes could compete in the Paris Games as long as they did not carry their country’s flags.

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