Stanislav Pozdnyakov issued a message on Tuesday with exactly two years to go until the 2024 Olympics.
Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Stanislav Pozdnyakov has said his country is a member of the Olympic community and is fully preparing for the Paris 2024 Games, despite claims Russian athletes will miss out on the showpiece. .
With exactly two years to go until the opening ceremony of the Summer Games in the French capital on Tuesday, organizers this week revealed what the event’s official slogan will be. ‘Games Wide Open’.
However, recent reports have suggested that this is not a suitable slogan for Russian and Belarusian athletes.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) honorary member Craig Reidy said in early July that athletes from both countries could be barred from competing in Paris because of sanctions imposed as a result of the Ukraine conflict, which would prevent them from qualifying events. has not been cleared for
Despite those claims, Russia’s Olympic chief Pozdnyakov issued a message on Tuesday saying the country was working on a basis for full and equal participation in Paris.
“In exactly two years, the Olympic Games will begin in Paris,” Read a statement from Pozdnyakov shared on ROC. Telegram channel.
“Despite all circumstances, the Russian Olympic Committee is a full member of the Olympic movement.
“We are continuing to prepare systematically for the Games.
“We are working to ensure that our athletes qualify and have equal access to the Olympic Village and facilities, and [to ensure] their participation in events during the Games; he added.
The ROC remains a member of the IOC despite calls by some Western countries and their allies for Russia to be expelled from all international sports federations.
Amid these calls, the likes of Russian Tennis Federation president Shmal Terpeshev – who is a personal member of the IOC – has said it is too early to speculate about a possible ban on the Russians from the 2024 Games.
“We have to wait and see how things develop in the world. In any case, it will be the decision of the International Olympic Committee. Talking about the issue of Russian tennis players, Terpeshev said.
The IOC recommended on February 28 that Russian and Belarusian athletes should not be invited to international competitions wherever possible. This position has since been adopted by federations in a wide range of sports.
The IOC president has defended the decision, claiming that it partly shields Russian and Belarusian athletes from aggression they will face outside their countries.
A number of Russian athletes and officials have called the ban discriminatory and allowing politics to undermine the rules of the game.