President Putin Orders ROC To Put Forth Proposals On Russian Participation In Paris

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his sports ministry and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to offer recommendations on whether or not Russian athletes should compete at this summer’s Paris Olympics.

Putin has reportedly asked the ministry and ROC to begin looking into the regulations of specific sporting organizations to see what is possible in terms of both qualifying and competing at the Games, with an ultimate decision to come on if they’ll send athletes or not.

“The President instructed the Ministry of Sports and the ROC to make proposals for the participation of our athletes in the Olympics in Paris,” Putin’s assistant, Igor Levitin, told a Moscow forum, according to The Sports Examiner (TSX)‘s Rich Perelman.

“Since qualifying competitions are already underway, it is necessary to decide for each federation on what conditions they will participate in the Games and what declarations will be required for them with from international sports organizations so that we can make a decision on the participation of our athletes.”

Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin said the sanctions being posed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the access Russian athletes will be granted at the Games are far too strict, likely indicating the government won’t send anyone to Paris.

“One of the key objectives of sport is humanitarian. In this regard, the actions of the International Olympic Committee and some federations to restrict the access of our athletes look categorically unacceptable,” said Matytsin, according to TSX. “This is a direct violation of the Olympic Charter. Requirements to sign declarations are unacceptable.”

“The key will be respect for the interests of our athletes, coaches and compliance with the Olympic Charter. We have repeatedly said that the demands of some federations to sign a declaration are unacceptable for our athletes. We await the final decisions and recommendations of the IOC on the participation of our athletes. And we will make the appropriate decision together with the Russian Olympic Committee and the sports community.”

Perelman noted in TSX that a lot of what is being said by the Russians parallels what we saw in 1984, when the Soviets boycotted the Games in Los Angeles.

Additionally, Russia’s state-sponsored news agency TASS has started presenting the Paris Games in a negative light and questioning whether or not it will even take place.

The IOC has been steadfast in its position of only allowing Russians to compete as individual, neutral athletes at the Games.

The entry deadline for the Olympics is July 8.

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Here Comes Lezak
1 month ago

Counterpoint: get bent Putin.

hambone
1 month ago

Putin to IOC: “You’re not breaking up with me, I’m breaking up with you!” You crack me up, Vlad.

FST
1 month ago

Either be political and demand a binding Olympic Truce (whichever country doesn’t sign or abide by it, doesn’t get to compete) or be non-political and let everyone compete.

At this point and in the light of all this suffering (regardless of which side of whatever conflict you’re on), is this really worth being another battlefield on which to fight these wars?

Last edited 1 month ago by FST
Pan Fan
1 month ago

#LetChikunovaSwim

(G)olden Bear
1 month ago

Russian warship, go f yourself.

Flippin Birds
1 month ago

Let’s be honest, regardless of whether Russia should be allowed to participate, the double standard is blatant. Yes I’m talking about Israel, which we in the West do not hold accountable no matter what.

BigKush
Reply to  Flippin Birds
1 month ago

womp womp

I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
Reply to  Flippin Birds
1 month ago

Personally, I think we should allow athletes of any country (whether that be Russia, Israel, etc) compete as long as we know they aren’t openly supporting a government that supports war or genocide (never let Evgeny Rylov compete until he denounces Putin). And unfortunately, politics do play a role in it, as it does in literally everything else in the world right now.

Admin
Reply to  I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
1 month ago

That is, in essence, what they’re doing right?

I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

That’s what they’re doing in Russia, I guess. I was more referring to what he was saying about Israel and trying to connect it to that, there hasn’t been an Israeli swimmer that has come out and support the war in Gaza (even though some say Gorbenko did it in her interview when she just said she was happy to represent her country?), therefore there have been no Israeli swimmers banned. But, however, there have been no moves to punish Israeli Swimming as a whole, like Russian Swimming was, so I can see the double standard he is referring to.

Meeeee
Reply to  I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
1 month ago

Then also hold same standard to any athlete from any country that supports what those in Gaza did to Israeli’s on Oct. 7th. Abdelrahman Sameh comes to mind.

I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
Reply to  Meeeee
1 month ago

Yes, them too. I wasn’t making a statement pro-Israel or pro-Palestine. Anyone that supports a government like that should not be allowed.

Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
Reply to  Meeeee
1 month ago

That’s not really the same thing at all though, is it? One incident, which it has now come out that Israel massively lied about and actually contributed to, is not comparable to an ongoing invasion and genocide.

phelpsfan
Reply to  I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
1 month ago

But if you do that you’re essentially shooting yourself in the di*k

Flippin Birds
Reply to  Flippin Birds
1 month ago

To the downvoters, I apologize, I should have been more specific.

When I say the West I mean the US, and when I say we don’t ever hold Israel accountable I mean we enable the killing of tens of thousands of civilians by sending weapons and unilaterally vetoing United Nations resolutions, which are unanimously supported by every other country in the world, aimed towards an end to settlement expansion, apartheid conditions for Palestinians, and the killing of civilians.

In a just world, every country that is supporting the type of violence we are seeing in both Ukraine and Gaza, would be penalized accordingly — the US included.

Let the downvotes roll in…

Meeeee
Reply to  Flippin Birds
1 month ago

Remember, countries like South Africa, Syria, Turkey and others support Hamas. And of course, nothing was done when holding World’s in Qatar who has sent billions of $$ to Hamas. And China has not condemned the Hamas Oct. 7th attack. Nor Russia.

And for “apartheid”, there are Muslims and those considering themselves Palestinians who live in Israel without fear. There are no Israeli Jews living in Gaza as they would not be welcomed and likely slaughtered. Is this what you mean by apartheid?

A point, i believe, can be made that essentially every country in the world has baggage and beliefs that you likely would not like. What then?

Greeny
Reply to  Meeeee
1 month ago

Amnesty International and ICJ has called is an apartheid , so has many other bodies including Jewish organisations. The forced displacement of their homes in West Bank is totally fine also? How about Israel injecting African woman with medication that does not allow to give birth https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/feb/28/ethiopian-women-given-contraceptives-israel

bob
Reply to  Flippin Birds
1 month ago

In a just world terrorists don’t run wild killing women and children and taking hostages to rape and kill.

I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
Reply to  Flippin Birds
1 month ago

It’s not right to use apartheid in a sense where you clearly have no idea where it fits in context. First, find out what apartheid actually means, and second, go see if you can find exactly where those characteristics are showed in Israel. Again, I do not support Israel or Palestine in particular, but this modern conflict is dangerously filled with misusage of verbiage and buzzwords.

Greeny
Reply to  I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
1 month ago

ICJ, Amnesty International and even South African government who know a thing or two about an apartheid all labeled Israel an apartheid state.

Carlo
Reply to  I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
1 month ago

The South African government definitely knows what apertheid is.

Giles Anderson
Reply to  Flippin Birds
1 month ago

Accountable for retaliation after 1500 of their citizens were slaughtered?

DLSwim
Reply to  Flippin Birds
1 month ago

I think there’s a stronger parallel between Russia and Hamas than between Russia and Israel. Hamas, which is the governing party in Gaza, invaded Israel and killed thousands of civilians and took hundreds of hostages, so they started the conflict. The current conflict would end immediately if the hostages were freed. So I don’t agree that there’s a “double standard”.

Admin
Reply to  DLSwim
1 month ago

Clarifying the record: there are a few different numbers around about how many Israeli civilians were killed by Hamas, but every number I have found agrees that it was less than 1000. So “killed thousands of civilians” is not accurate.

The “hundreds of hostages” is accurate – Israeli said that 253 hostages were taken by Hamas on October 7.

Greeny
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Also Israel have killed more innocent civilians than Russia .
Read this article give insight on what is going on in Gaza.
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2024-02-16/rafah-gaza-hospitals-surgery-israel-bombing-ground-offensive-children

Boknows34
Reply to  Greeny
1 month ago

Hamas (sponsored by Iran and allied with fascist Russia) are responsible for every single death in Gaza.

Greeny
Reply to  Boknows34
1 month ago

Or you mean Israel which help fund and found Hamas?

DLswim
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

I meant to say over a thousand. The correct number is around 1200, I think. There’s some question as to whether some of those killed were civilians or soldiers because they were reservists or were home visiting from their military service.

Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
Reply to  DLSwim
1 month ago

Netanyahu has literally said the conflict will not end if the hostages are freed. Israel have been given numerous reasonable offers to free the hostages in exchange for a ceasefire and they are refusing because they don’t want to stop killing. It was never about the hostages. Israel has been looking for an excuse to eradicate Palestine for decades and now they have one, but the vast majority of the world sees right through it.

BigKush
Reply to  Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
1 month ago

When you are referring to what Netanyahu said make sure to refer to EVERYTHING he says and don’t cut important details. He doesn’t want the war to be over when the hostages are free – he wants the war to be over when Hamas is gone. Look up the civilians-military dead ratio of any war before you call out to ban countries. Why not ban the US? Look what they did in Afghanistan and Iraq. How is that any different? Just because the Palestinians make themselves look miserable on the media, makes it a better reason to support them? Go search for 9/11 celebrations in Gaza, or any suicide bombing or stabbing attack in Israel – watch closely how many… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by BigKush
snailSpace
Reply to  BigKush
1 month ago

The children are innocent in any case.

DLswim
Reply to  snailSpace
1 month ago

Yes, and Israeli children are also innocent, but Hamas started this whole thing. Just like Russia started the invasion of Ukraine.

DLswim
Reply to  Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
1 month ago

Lol, invading Israel and killing, raping, and murdering hundreds of civilians was an “excuse”. That’s twisted logic. And no, Hamas have not offered to free all of the hostages.

Greg
Reply to  Flippin Birds
1 month ago

facile and false comparison – the causes and situations are entirely different.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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