JO of Paris 2024: Anne Hidalgo favorable to participation of Russians under neutral banner

The Ukrainian President asked Emmanuel Macron to banish the Russians from the next Olympics, while the Olympic Committee has drawn a roadmap to reintegrate them in world sport.

MO12345lemonde with AFP

Anne Hidalgo wishes the participation of Russian athletes, but not in their national colors, in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024. “We must not deprive the athletes of their competition, but I think and I plead, like a Large part of the sports movement, so that there is no delegation under Russian banner, “said the mayor of the capital on France 2 Thursday, January 26. She would prefer to see Russian athletes compete “under a neutral banner”, as has already been done.

The file is politically sensitive: Tuesday, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, asked Mr. Macron to ban the Russians of the next Olympics, in less than two years. But the International Olympic Committee (CIO) drew a roadmap on Wednesday to reintegrate them into world sport. “No athlete should be prohibited from competition alone on the basis of his passport,” reaffirmed the executive of the Olympic body in a statement after consulting representatives of athletes, international federations and national Olympic committees.

A series of behind -the -scenes maneuvers have been engaged in the fall to bring the Russian and Belarusses, excluded from most international competitions since the start of the war against Ukraine, in February in the fold of Olympism in the fold of Olympism in February in February 2022.

/Media reports cited above.