Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, France, where the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held next year, expressed the recognition that it is undesirable for Russian athletes who continue to invade Ukraine to participate in the competition.
On the 7th, France's public radio, 'France Info', broadcast an interview with Mayor Hidalgo of Paris, where the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held next year.
In it, Mayor Hidalgo said that the participation of the Russian delegation was not desirable, saying, "It is unthinkable to let the delegation march in Paris as if nothing had happened while Russia is invading Ukraine." showed.
The IOC = International Olympic Committee is considering returning to the international competition with conditions such as taking a "neutral" position that does not represent the country or region for Russian and Belarusian athletes.
Mayor Hidalgo also said he "does not approve" of the possibility of Russian players participating on a "neutral" stance.
However, he said that the final decision is "up to the IOC" and that he will wait and see what the IOC decides.
Five Nordic Olympic Committees oppose return of Russia and Belarus
The Olympic Committees of five Scandinavian countries, including Denmark and Norway, jointly issued a statement on the 7th, saying that the IOC = International Olympic Committee will return athletes from Russia and Belarus who have been excluded from international competitions due to the military invasion of Ukraine. Regarding the fact that he is considering returning, he emphasized his opposite position, saying, "Now is not the time to consider returning."
The joint statement was issued by the five Nordic Olympic Committees: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
The statement emphasized its position not to allow Belarusian athletes, who are allied with Russia, to return to international competition, saying that "now is not the time to consider their return" due to the ongoing military aggression against Ukraine. bottom.
Of these, the Danish Olympic Committee denied the possibility of Denmark boycotting next year's Paris Olympics in the comments of the president, saying, "It is difficult to gain the understanding of European countries to have athletes from both countries participate in the Olympics. It will bring a big negative to the IOC," he said.
Regarding the IOC's announcement last month that it would consider returning to the international competition with conditions such as making the Russian and Belarusian athletes "neutral" not representing their country or region, Lithuania, which became independent from the former Soviet Union , ▽ Estonia, and ▽ Latvia, the Baltic states, have suggested the possibility of boycotting the Paris Games.