Olympic chief Thomas Bach says that European governments’ criticism of the IOC’s stance on Russian and Belrusian athletes is “deplorable”.
Criticism of IOC’s Russia stance is ‘deplorable’: Bach
Olympic chief Thomas Bach has condemned as “deplorable” the criticism by European governments over his push to reintegrate Russian and Belarusian athletes into world sports before the 2024 Paris Games.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Bach also suggested those governments - which seemed to include his own home country Germany - had “double standards” for focusing on athletes from countries involved in just one of about 70 wars and armed conflicts ongoing in the world.
Bach detailed IOC advice on Tuesday to individual Olympic sports bodies of conditions by which they could decide to approve individual Russian or Belarusians to compete as neutral athletes, while continuing a ban from team sports.
The IOC said sports should exclude athletes who have military links, though Bach clarified on Thursday this likely should not apply to those who did one year of mandatory service.