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Russia, Belarus Won’t Be Invited to ’24 Olympics, But Their Athletes Can Compete

Russia and Belarus won't be invited to the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the International Olympic Committee said Thursday. Since 2017, Russian athletes (such as those pictured at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Daegwalnyeong, South Korea), have been barred from displaying national symbols in response to Russia's state-backed doping program. File Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI
Russia and Belarus won’t be invited to the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the International Olympic Committee said Thursday. Since 2017, Russian athletes (such as those pictured at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Daegwalnyeong, South Korea), have been barred from displaying national symbols in response to Russia’s state-backed doping program. File Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI

Russia and Belarus won’t be invited to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, but athletes from the two nations will be allowed to compete, the International Olympic Committee said Thursday.

Official invitations for the other 203 participating nations will be sent out at the end of July.

Earlier this year, the IOC Ethics Committee issued recommendations that athletes from Russia and Belarus be allowed to compete as “neutral athletes” who “in no way represent their state or any other organization in their country.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously denounced IOC decisions that allowed Russian athletes to compete.

“The International Olympic Committee’s attempt to get Russian athletes back to compete and participate in the Olympics is an attempt to tell the world that terror can allegedly be something acceptable,” Zelensky said in January.

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