Paris Olympics 2024: IOC desires UK authorities to ‘respect autonomy of sport’

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer
Tradition Secretary Lucy Frazer mentioned “sport and politics in Russia and Belarus are closely intertwined”

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 determine which athletes can take part wherein worldwide competitions,” learn an IOC assertion.

“This is able to be the top of world sport as we all know it at the moment.”

In February Frazer chaired a summit of 36 nations, together with France, that launched a joint assertion pledging their help for ongoing sanctions at worldwide sporting occasions following the battle in Ukraine.

The IOC mentioned: “It have to be the only duty of sports activities organisations to determine which athletes can participate in worldwide competitions based mostly solely on their sporting advantage.

“In accordance with this, Olympic sponsors will not be 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 mentioned it will “discover a pathway” for Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete in Paris.

Russian athletes had been partially banned from Rio 2016 due to state-sponsored doping, however some competed as neutrals at Tokyo 2020.

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