Oleksandr Usyk urges ban on Russia at Paris Olympics 2024

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk urged the worldwide Olympic Committee to ban Russia from the Olympic video games, saying any medals it wins in Paris subsequent yr can be tainted by the blood of his countrymen who’ve died in Russia’s warfare collectively with his nation.

Ukraine has threatened to boycott the video games over the IOC’s willingness to let athletes from Russia and Belarus return to worldwide rivals for the 2024 video games, albeit as neutrals with out nationwide flags or anthems.

Russians have competed as neutrals beforehand three Olympics as punishment for state-backed doping, however Ukraine hopes to safe widespread worldwide assist for banning Russian and Belarusian athletes from the Paris Olympics.

“i am a Ukrainian athlete. I obtained an Olympic gold in boxing in 2012. i am the current world heavyweight champion,” Usyk mentioned in an announcement addressing IOC president Thomas Bach. “it is advisable to permit Russian athletes to compete on the Olympics. Russian armed forces invaded our nation and kill civilians.

“The Russian navy is killing Ukrainian athletes and coaches and destroying sports activities grounds as effectively as to sports activities halls. The medals that Russian athletes are going to win are medals of blood, deaths and tears.”

Paris 2024 organisers say they are going to abide by the IOC’s decision on Russian and Belarusian athletes’ participation inside the video games, after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the governing physique to ban them from the video games.

He mentioned in the event that they weren’t barred, it might very effectively be tantamount to displaying that “terror is by some means acceptable.”

Russia denies committing atrocities in Ukraine and has mentioned that makes an try to ban its athletes from worldwide sports activities are “doomed to fail.”

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo mentioned on Tuesday it was inconceivable to have Russian athletes marching as a delegation inside the French capital “as if nothing had occurred” whereas “bombs are nonetheless raining down on Ukraine.”

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