Any chance of Russian athletes attending the 2024 Summer Olympics has been flatly rejected by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"In a phone call with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach as reported by Fox News, the Ukraine leader slammed the idea even if the athletes arrived under a neutral flag," reports Breitbart.
Zelensky's condemnation came soon after the IOC said it would consider options that would allow athletes from Russia and its ally Belarus to join the Olympic Games.
Zelensky Rejects Russian Athletes
"The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee was behind moves to allow athletes from the two countries to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympics provided they do not participate under their countries’ colors or flags," reports Breitbart.
"Since February, 184 Ukrainian athletes have died as a result of Russia’s actions. One cannot try to be neutral when the foundations of peaceful life are being destroyed and universal human values are being ignored," Zelensky said.
Zelensky followed up later, in a video where he reiterated allowing Russian athletes to compete would be a mistake.
"We can only say one thing: a white or any neutral flag is impossible for Russian athletes, as all their flags are stained in blood," Zelensky said.
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