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IOC chief discusses chances of lifting Russian bans

Posted On: Jan 31, 2023   |   Posted By: RT

IOC chief discusses chances of lifting Russian bans

The IOC is due to hold its annual summit later this week
Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee , has again stated that sanctions imposed by his organization against Russia and Belarus must remain in place. He added, however, that discussions on the potential return of athletes from the two countries to international competitions must be an ongoing process.
The IOC issued a rebuke against the actions of the Russian government in Ukraine swiftly after the launch of Moscow's military operation in late February - a move which saw numerous sporting federations fall in line by imposing blanket bans on Russian and Belarusian athletes.
Bach has so far resisted calls from some quarters to ease up on the restrictions, claiming that “sanctions” such as stripping Russia of the right to host major tournaments are targeting the country's hierarchy, while recommendations for a ban on athletes serves partly to protect them from supposed hostility they would face outside their homeland.
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