IOC joins the sport backlash to the invasion of Ukraine by calling for all sporting events in Russia and Belarus to be cancelled or moved… with Russian and Belarussian flags and anthems set be banned after breaching the ‘Olympic Truce’
The International Olympic Committee have taken the unprecedented step of calling for all sports events in Russia and Belarus to be cancelled or moved.
The IOC have condemned the two nations for breaching the ‘Olympic Truce’, which only ends seven days after the Winter Paralympics close next month and is meant to promote peace.
And they have now called on all international sports federations – the governing bodies which oversee summer and winter Olympic sports – to scrap or relocate upcoming competitions, as well as banning Russian and Belarussian flags from being displayed and anthems from being played.
Russia is scheduled to host the short-course swimming World Championships in December, as well as the men’s volleyball World Championship in August and September.
In a strong statement on Friday, the IOC said: ‘The IOC today urges all international sports federations to relocate or cancel their sports events currently planned in Russia or Belarus.
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UKRAINE WAR: LATEST
- Russia said it is not willing to negotiate with Ukraine’s government until military operation is over
- Came after Zelensky called for talks to end fighting
- Ukraine says Russia has bombed 33 civilian sites in Kyiv in the last 24 hours
- Two children have been reported killed in Kyiv bombing overnight
- Ukraine has banned men aged 18 to 60 from leaving the country to conscript them into armed forces
- Russia is deploying paratroopers to Chernobyl after capturing it yesterday, Moscow said
- Ukraine reported ‘anomalous’ radiation levels at the plant amid fears nuclear storage was breached in fighting, but Moscow said readings are normal
- Russia claims to have destroyed 118 Ukrainian military sites in 30 hours of fighting
- PM Boris Johnson pledged more support is coming to Ukraine in the coming days
- Johnson shared a phone call with Zelensky on Friday morning
‘They should take the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian and Belarussian governments into account and give the safety and security of the athletes absolute priority.
‘In addition, the IOC urges that no Russian or Belarussian national flag be displayed and no Russian or Belarussian anthem be played in international sports events which are not already part of the respective World Anti-Doping Agency sanctions for Russia.’
Despite the IOC’s intervention, the International Paralympic Committee will still allow Russian athletes to compete at the Games in Beijing, which start on March 4, meaning they could come up against competitors from Ukraine and Britain.
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Russian armour is now advancing on Kyiv from the north and east, with US intelligence saying the plan is to besiege the city, capture an airport, and fly in paratroopers who would then attack the capital. The aim would be to capture the government and force them to sign a peace treaty handing control of the country back to Russia or a Russian puppet