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Fans Outrage After the Death of Ukrainian Olympian – Should IOC Allow Russian Athletes in the 2024 Paris Olympics?

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The tragic death of Ukrainian Olympian Oleksandr Pielieshenko during the ongoing conflict with Russia has sparked outrage among fans and athletes alike. As the world mourns the loss of a talented weightlifter who transitioned from the sports arena to the battlefield, questions arise about the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) stance on Russian athletes competing in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics.

Should Russian Athletes be Allowed To Participate in The Olympics

Ukraine’s decision to prevent its national teams from competing in events where Russian or Belarusian athletes participate has drawn attention. Earlier this year, the IOC recommended that Russian and Belarusian athletes be allowed to compete under a neutral flag. However, Ukraine took a different approach, sanctioning its own athletes due to the war initiated by the Russian and Belarusian governments.

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IOC President Thomas Bach expressed concern over Ukraine’s actions. He questioned why Ukrainian athletes were allowed to compete in some sports (such as tennis and cycling) but not others (like table tennis and swimming). Bach emphasized that the entire Olympic community longs to see Ukrainian athletes shine brightly in international competitions, representing their resilience and pride.

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In a voice of support, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has called for ban on Russian in the Olympic Games.

The Russian Athletes’ Status

The IOC’s recommendation allows individual athletes from Russia and Belarus to compete, but not as part of national teams. However, World Athletics has taken a stricter stance, banning track and field athletes from both countries from its events, even under a neutral flag. The United Kingdom and 35 other countries have pledged support for maintaining the ban.

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The Legacy of the Paris 2024 Olympics

As the countdown to Paris 2024 continues, the debate intensifies. Should Russian athletes be allowed to compete? Is it fair that Israeli athletes are allowed but Russians aren’t for their government’s decisions? The IOC faces a delicate balancing act—weighing geopolitical tensions against the spirit of unity and sportsmanship.

While the IOC urges Ukraine to drop its threat of boycotting the games, the world watches closely. The fate of Russian athletes hangs in the balance, and the legacy of Paris 2024 will be shaped by the decisions made in these challenging times. As fans, we hope for a resolution that honors the fallen Ukrainian Olympian and upholds the principles of fair play and humanity.

Read More- Russia Kills Ukrainian Olympian Oleksandr Pielieshenko: Olympics Champion Mourn the Death of Fellow Weightlifter

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