Svitolina against the possible participation of Russia in Paris 2024
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The International Olympic Committee has not yet made a final decision on the participation of Russians and Belarusians in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Russia and Belarus have been excluded from all team competitions, but individual athletes can compete individually under a neutral flag and without represent your country.
Elina Svitolina, who announced the birth of her eldest daughter Skai, expressed her harsh opinion on the delicate issue through her Instagram account. Svitolina explained: "The Olympics are the greatest dream and represent a unique privilege for athletes.
They are the largest inclusion platform in the world of sport and capture the attention of the whole world. With this in mind, we must join the ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes, sending a strong message to the whole world, showing that we are united in the way of sanctioning Russia and Belarus and that there are consequences for their governments heinous attacks.
Their life cannot continue as normal; neither the Russian nor the Belarusian people can ignore the atrocities they are committing in Ukraine. Volodymyr Androshchuk, one of the rising stars of Ukrainian sport, was killed during the war.
He will never fulfill his potential and dreams in the Olympics, so why should Russian and Belarusian athletes have that chance when their governments are depriving innocent people and athletes of their chances?"
Thomas Bach, number one of the IOC, unleashed the reaction of the Ukrainian government after reiterating that excluding Russians and Belarusians because of their passport or place of birth is a violation of human rights.
Zelensky wrote directly to French President Macron using very heavy words. "The efforts of the International Olympic Committee to bring Russian athletes back to competition and the Olympic Games are an attempt to tell the whole world that terror can be something acceptable.
As if we can close our eyes to what Russia is doing with Kherson, with Kharkiv, with Bakhmut and Avdiivka. As we prepare for the Paris Olympics, we must be sure that Russia will not be able to use them to promote aggression or its own state chauvinism."