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International Olympic Committee urges sports world to cancel sporting events in Russia

By February 28, 2022March 4th, 2022Sports events

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has urged all international sports federations to move or cancel their sporting events currently scheduled in Russia or Belarus.

They should take into account the violation of the Olympic truce by the Russian and Belarusian governments and give top priority to the safety and security of athletes. The IOC itself has not scheduled any events in Russia or Belarus.

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reiterated the IOC’s strong condemnation of the violation of the Olympic truce by the Russian government and the Belarusian government through its support in this case. The Olympic Truce began seven days before the start of the Olympic Games on February 4 and ends seven days after the Paralympic Games close.

Furthermore, the IOC EB urges that no Russian or Belarusian national flags be displayed and that no Russian or Belarusian anthems be played at international sporting events that are not already part of the Agency’s respective sanctions. World Anti-Doping (WADA) for Russia.

At the same time, the IOC EB expressed its full support to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for the upcoming Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.

The IOC EB adds that it expresses its deep concern for the safety of members of the Olympic community in Ukraine and that it is in full solidarity. He noted that the IOC’s special task force is in contact with the country’s Olympic community to coordinate humanitarian aid where possible.

The IOC EB asked the Working Group to continue to closely monitor the situation and to keep the IOC EB informed and updated, also regarding potential amendments to the resolution.