The Paris Summer Olympic Games will be held in July 2024, and some preliminary contests have been launched. The international community has some differences on whether the Russian and Belarusian athletes can participate in the Paris Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee said that the athletes of Russia and Belarus were allowed to participate "conditionally", but some European countries, including Britain and Denmark, objected to this. Ukraine even threatened to boycott the Paris Olympics if Russian and white athletes were allowed to participate.
After the outbreak of the Russian-Uzbekistan conflict last year, many sports organizations and events around the world banned athletes from Russia and Belarus. In this year's New Year's speech, IOC President Bach said that he hoped to extend the sports sanctions against Russia and Belarus to 2023. However, the sanctions imposed by the International Olympic Committee on Russian and white athletes have been loosened since last autumn, paving the way for their return. In December last year, the International Olympic Committee held the 11th Olympic Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Asian Olympic Council proposed to provide a platform for Russian and Belarusian athletes to return to the international arena within Asia, which won broad support from the participants.
Soon, the official statement of the International Olympic Committee will allow Russian and white athletes to participate in national events. The International Olympic Committee issued a statement saying that no athlete should be banned from participating simply because of his passport. It should further explore ways to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in the competition. At the same time, the IOC pointed out that the athletes of the two countries must participate in the competition in a neutral status, and must not actively support the war against Uzbekistan, and fully comply with the World Anti-Doping Treaty.
After the statement of the International Olympic Committee was issued, the Asian Olympic Committee took the lead in responding to the proposal to allow Russian and white athletes to participate in Asian regional events and the Asian Games. If the proposal of the Asian Olympic Council is adopted, the Russian and white athletes will be able to participate in the Paris Olympic qualifying competition held in Asia. With regard to the participation of Russian and white athletes, Paris Mayor Hidalgo has a clear attitude. She believes that this is the time for athletes and that the rights of competitors should not be deprived. At the same time, she hopes that the war will be far away when the Olympic Games is held.
In fact, France generally supports the participation of Russian and white athletes in the Paris Olympic Games. The day before the statement of the National Olympic Committee was issued, Ukrainian President Zelensky personally put forward a request to French President Makron to prohibit Russian athletes from participating in the Paris Olympic Games, but it was unanimously opposed by the French political circles, which believed that this was contrary to the spirit of sports. The president of the French Olympic Organizing Committee, Steige, said that the list of participants was decided by the International Olympic Committee. The attitude of France is obviously supported by the IOC.
China's position is very clear. The spokesman of the Chinese Olympic Committee said that the Chinese Olympic Committee advocates that athletes all over the world should enjoy equal rights to participate in the competition. Whether athletes participate in the competition should be determined by their sports performance and should not be disturbed by political, war and other factors. The Chinese Olympic Committee will actively respond to and support the initiatives and decisions of the International Olympic Committee and the Asian Olympic Council. The spokesman also said that the parties will further study the specific plan for Russian and white athletes to participate in the Hangzhou Asian Games.
However, the British side is very dissatisfied with the statement of the International Olympic Committee. The British Minister of Digitalization, Culture, Media and Sports Michel Downland believes that the initiative of the IOC is far from the reality of war. Michel also said that less than a year ago, Bach personally condemned Russia for violating the Olympic principles. The attitude of Denmark is the same as that of the United Kingdom. It also opposes the return of Russia and Belarus to the Olympic Games, which is unacceptable.
Ukraine, as a party to the Russian-Uzbekistan conflict, has a more radical attitude. Ukrainian Sports Minister Vadim Guzet said that as long as the war continued, athletes from Russia and Belarus could not participate in international competitions. Guzet stressed that if the International Olympic Committee does not listen to the opinions, Ukraine will not rule out boycotting and refusing to participate in the Paris Olympic Games. However, if Ukraine boycotts the Paris Olympic Games, it may only be affected by them, because the United States also supports allowing Russian and white athletes to participate in the Paris Olympic Games, provided that they cannot participate on behalf of their own country.