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The IOC is considering a return of Russians and Belarusians to competitions in Asia

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is considering a gradual reintegration of Russian and Belarusian athletes into international sports competitions, which may start in Asia, he announced on Friday without setting a deadline.

At the moment these are only roads being discussed during the 11the Olympic Summit, which brought together the members of the IOC and representatives of international federations, athletes and national or continental Olympic committees in the morning in Lausanne.

The IOC had already said that on Wednesday “explore ways” to reinstate the Russians and Belarusians, who have been banned since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, but the Olympic Council of Asia, OCA, took a further step by proposing on Friday that “facilitate their participation” for organized competitions “under his authority”according to the final declaration of the Olympic summit.

Since the end of February, the Olympic body has insisted that the expulsion of athletes is not a “punishment”since they bear no direct responsibility for the invasion but a “protective measure” competitions and their own safety, takes “heavy heart” and contrary to the universal values ​​of sport.

However, according to the OCA, “on the Asian continent”where the conflict in Ukraine mobilizes much less than in Europe, “the grounds for these safeguards no longer exist”. The IOC has not yet decided anything, but the representatives of several international federations have “greeted” OCA’s proposal, considering that it “should no longer be the same solution for everyone”.

A year and a half before the Paris Olympics, the Olympic world knows that time is running out for Russian and Belarusian athletes. The delegates assembled in Lausanne, on the other hand, confirmed its maintenance “punishment” taken against the Russian and Belarusian authorities for violating the Olympic ceasefire, which prohibits any international competition on their soil and the presence of their flags as their anthems within the framework of the competitions.

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