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IOC gives 14 Russians, 11 Belarusians neutral status in Paris Olympics

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The IOC accredited 14 athletes from Russia and 11 Belarusians with neutral status to compete on the Paris Olympics in their first spherical of selections.

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5 sports activities — although not tennis, swimming or judo — have been assessed by an Worldwide Olympic Committee panel judging if athletes had expressed assist for the Russian invasion of Ukraine or had ties to sports activities golf equipment linked to the navy or state safety providers.

Biking, gymnastics, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling have been assessed first and lists of athletes from different Olympic sports activities are more likely to observe inside days.

Athletes accredited Saturday embrace the defending Olympic champion in males’s trampoline, Ivan Litvinovich from Belarus, and Russian bicycle owner Aleksandr Vlasov, who has three profession top-10 finishes in Grand Excursions.

It’s nonetheless unclear what number of Russian athletes will compete on the Olympics being held from July 26-Aug. 11. The IOC already barred them from collaborating in the opening ceremony parade of athletes scheduled on boats crusing alongside the River Seine.

No athletes have been accredited by the IOC in taekwondo, the place the Russian group took two of the eight gold medals in Tokyo three years in the past by Vladislav Larin and Maksim Khramtsov.

“In some sports activities, the variety of eligible athletes could also be decrease than the variety of earned quota locations,” the IOC mentioned in a press release.

Russia and Belarus are banned from group sports activities on the Paris Olympics due to the warfare on Ukraine.

Particular person athletes with Russian and Belarusian passports have been allowed to compete as neutrals in qualifying occasions in most different sports activities, then apply for entry to the Olympics.

Ukrainian athletes together with Olympic medalists and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy have urged IOC and sports activities leaders to impose a blanket ban on all Russians. Monitor and subject did that, and soccer our bodies FIFA and UEFA excluded Russian groups from worldwide play inside days of the invasion beginning in February 2022.

The 2-stage vetting course of for neutral status goes by way of sports activities governing our bodies, then the IOC panel earlier than appeals are attainable on the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport.

Additional situations imposed on the athletes embrace competing as Particular person Neutral Athletes, with the acronym in French AIN, with out the Russian flag — and in uniforms that aren’t in its colors of crimson, white and blue.

The Russian anthem can be barred, changed with music commissioned by the IOC, and medals they win shouldn’t be included in any desk.

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