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IOC invites Russia, Belarus to participate in Paris Olympics as ‘neutral countries’

In tennis, shooting and rowing, 22 from Russia and 17 from Belarus, 39 in total, including tennis stars such as Medvedev, Rublev, Sabalenka and Azaranka.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has invited athletes from Russia and Belarus to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics as neutral nations.

According to AFP on the 27th (local time), the IOC invited 39 athletes, including 22 Russian athletes and 17 Belarusian athletes, to the Paris Olympics as neutral nations.

This is the second invitation made ahead of the games, and was previously allocated to tennis, shooting, and rowing athletes.

This list includes many top tennis players, including Daniil Medvedev (Russia), Andrey Rublev (Russia), Arina Sabalenka (Belarus), and Viktoria Azaranka (Belarus).

However, the Russian Tennis Federation announced that Karen Khachanov and Lyudmila Samsonova will not participate in the Olympics.

Sabalenka also said she would not participate in the Olympics. “The schedule is so tight that I decided to take care of her health,” Sabalenka said last week, noting, “I think she needs to take care of her health, especially because of all the difficulties she has gone through in the past few months.” 슬롯사이트

The first invitation list announced on the 15th included athletes from four sports, including wrestling, weightlifting, cycling, and trampolining. Among the first round of invitees, 10 wrestlers, 2 weightlifters, 3 cyclists, and 3 trampoline athletes have expressed their intention to participate. To be invited to a competition as an individual athlete from a neutral country, the athlete must first meet the eligibility criteria of the sport federation. Afterwards, the athlete is tested for support for the war in Ukraine and his/her connection to the country’s military, and is finally approved for participation. Earlier this year, the IOC decided to allow athletes from Russia and Belarus, which participated in the war, to compete in international competitions as neutral countries. Ukraine initially threatened to refuse participation in international competitions if athletes from Russia and Belarus participated. However, in the end, Ukrainian athletes were allowed to compete against athletes from both countries as long as the athletes competed as neutral countries. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), which was suspended in October last year, took a stance that it would not boycott the Paris Olympics, but the IOC was cautious about allowing Russian athletes to participate. ROC, which was previously blocked from participating in international competitions, attempted to participate in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, but was ultimately unable to participate as it did not receive an invitation. 파칭코 게임


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