World sport will survive the boycott by Ukrainian athletes of the Olympics in Paris due to the admission of Russians. This was announced by the leader of the French movement “Patriots” Florian Filippo on Saturday, January 28.
“[Президент Украины Владимир] Is Zelensky threatening that his country will boycott the Olympics unless Russian athletes are banned from participating? Okay! Let him boycott! World sport will survive this!” he wrote on his Twitter account.
Zelensky on that day expressed disappointment with the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the likely admission of Russian athletes to the Paris Olympics. In addition, the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine on February 3 will consider the possibility of boycotting the Olympic Games in 2024.
As Der Spiegel wrote on January 27, IOC President Thomas Bach admitted that Russian and Belarusian athletes could participate in the 2024 Olympics under a neutral flag. According to him, the suspension of athletes because of their passports is not in line with the values and mission of the Olympic Charter. Bach also noted that Ukraine wants not only to isolate Russia as a state, but also to completely isolate all Russians.
On January 26, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also called for the Russians to be admitted to the 2024 Olympics under a neutral flag. According to her, athletes should not be deprived of competition.
A day earlier, the IOC was notified that the possibility of admitting Russian athletes who do not support a special military operation (SVO) will be considered before the competition in a neutral status. In response, the press secretary of the President of Russia, Dmitry Peskov, said that even the wording of the initiative turned out to be too much politics, which “should be alien” to the ideas of the Olympic family.
The XXXIII Summer Olympic Games will be held in Paris from July 26 to August 11, 2024.