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The Head of the Russian Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov said he is unsure whether any Russian athletes will be able to compete at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Pozdnyakov told reporters that the Russian Olympic Committee has not yet received an invitation to the Olympics, and therefore he cannot say for sure whether any Russian athletes will be able to participate.

Pozdnyakov’s statement comes after the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach explained the IOC’s policy on helping Russians compete with neutral status before the 2024 Paris Games to Olympic athlete groups on Monday.

Bach said that the IOC has taken an unprecedented strong position on imposing limits on Russians in international sport due to the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine. 

He also noted that there are currently 28 wars ongoing in the world, but that the IOC has not taken similar action against the countries involved in those conflicts.

This year, The IOC recommended that individual athletes from Russia and Belarus be allowed to return to competition under a neutral status as long as they have no military links. 

The IOC is facing increased pressure to ban Russia and Belarus from the Paris Olympics. However, the IOC has not yet decided whether Russia and Belarus will be allowed to compete at the 2024 Olympics.

 

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