Great Britain unlikely to boycott the Paris 2024 Olympics regardless of politicians convening a summit to focus on how to block Russian and Belarusian athletes competing underneath a impartial flag as struggle in Ukraine rages
- International Olympic Committee creating pathway for Russian athletes
- Sports ministers will meet to focus on methods of blocking them getting into as neutrals
- But Team GB are unlikely to assist a boycott of the Olympics in Paris
Team GB are unlikely to assist a boycott of Paris 2024 regardless of the authorities organising a worldwide summit to focus on plans to block the proposed inclusion of Russian athletes.
The International Olympic Committee are at the moment creating a pathway to enable Russians and Belarusians to compete as neutrals at subsequent summer time’s Games regardless of the struggle of Ukraine.
That has led to a backlash from a number of nations, with tradition secretary Michelle Donelan claiming the IOC’s place was ‘a world away from the actuality of struggle’.
The Government are convening a gathering of the world’s sports activities ministers subsequent Friday, with Poland’s Kamil Bortniczuk saying he believed it was attainable to construct a ‘coalition’ of 40 nations – together with Britain, USA and Canada – to boycott subsequent yr’s Olympics and render it ‘pointless’.
However, USA and Canada have since stated they may assist athletes from Russia and Belarus competing in Paris as neutrals.
Great Britain is unlikely to be a part of any boycott of the 2024 Paris Olympics regardless of anger at the IOC’s plans to develop a pathway for Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as neutrals
Athletes from Russia and Belarus could have to enter qualifying occasions in Asia, not Europe
And whereas Team GB are but to remark publicly, they’ve by no means boycotted a Games in the previous and it’s anticipated they may finally settle for the IOC’s stance.
On threats of a boycott, the IOC stated this week: ‘Threatening a boycott of the Olympic Games goes in opposition to the fundamentals of the Olympic motion and the ideas it stands for. As historical past has proven, earlier boycotts didn’t obtain their political ends and served solely to punish the athletes.’
Even if Russian athletes are allowed to take part in Paris as neutrals, many could wrestle to qualify.
Competitors from Russia and Belarus have been invited to enter occasions in Asia slightly than Europe, however South Korea have publicly questioned how that may work.
Qualification for subsequent yr’s Olympics is already underway in a number of sports activities and the IOC insist they won’t ask federations to adapt their programs ‘retroactively’ to allocate extra locations to athletes who’ve already missed out.
A view of development at the Adidas Arena in Paris, which is able to stage gymnastics and badminton occasions at subsequent yr’s Games