The International Olympic Committee suspends the Russian Olympic Committee

The action was taken after 4 regions of Ukraine were declared independent and set up their own provincial Olympic organisations

New Delhi – The Russian Olympic Committee is suspended with immediate effect until further notice. The Russian Olympic Committee is no longer entitled to operate as a National Olympic Committee, as defined in the Olympic Charter, and cannot receive any funding from the Olympic Movement. The unilateral decision taken by the Russian Olympic Committee on 5th October 2023 to include, as its members, the regional sports organisations which are under the authority of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Ukraine (namely Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia) constitutes a breach of the Olympic Charter because it violates the territorial integrity of the NOC of Ukraine, as recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in accordance with the Olympic Charter. All these areas were formerly part of Ukraine, but Russia invaded them and declared them independent.

He said that Russia has violated the rules of the IOC. That is why they are being suspended. The IOC however said, “Nevertheless, Russian athletes will be able to participate in next year’s Olympics in Paris with a Russian passport.”

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