Paris Olympics 2024: IOC needs UK authorities to ‘respect autonomy of sport’
The Worldwide Olympic Committee says the UK authorities ought to “respect the autonomy of sport” after it requested sponsors to help a ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes at Paris 2024.
Tradition Secretary Lucy Frazer wrote a letter to UK chief executives of the IOC’s 13 worldwide companions saying the regimes “should not be allowed to make use of sport for his or her propaganda functions”.
“It isn’t as much as governments to resolve which athletes can take part by which worldwide competitions,” learn an IOC assertion.
“This may be the top of world sport as we all know it right now.”
In February Frazer chaired a summit of 36 international locations, together with France, that launched a joint assertion pledging their help for ongoing sanctions at worldwide sporting occasions following the struggle in Ukraine.
The IOC stated: “It have to be the only real accountability of sports activities organisations to resolve which athletes can participate in worldwide competitions primarily based solely on their sporting advantage.
“In accordance with this, Olympic sponsors aren’t concerned on this decision-making course of.
“We hope very a lot that the British authorities will respect the autonomy of sport.”
In January the IOC stated it might “discover a pathway” for Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete in Paris.
Russian athletes have been partially banned from Rio 2016 due to state-sponsored doping, however some competed as neutrals at Tokyo 2020.