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Russian Olympic officials to do utmost for national athletes to join 2024 Summer Games

As Stanislav Pozdnyakov said, diplomacy is about silence and this is why we are not making loud statements in the near future
Russian Olympic Committee President Stanislav Pozdnyakov Alexander Shcherbak/TASS
Russian Olympic Committee President Stanislav Pozdnyakov
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MOSCOW, September 2. /TASS/. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) is going to keep insisting on the national team’s full-fledged participation in the qualifiers for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris, ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov said on Friday.

"The most important thing is to get started with the Olympic qualifiers. It is our priority and we are working in this direction," Pozdnyakov told journalists. "I have nothing to say about the so-called ‘point of no return’ because each sport has its own regulations regarding the qualifiers. This is why the phrase ‘the point of no return’ has nothing to do with the current situation."

"We will keep insisting on the full-fledged participation of all our athletes in the [2024 Olympics] qualifying tournaments and all of our diplomatic efforts are aimed at this," he continued.

"Diplomacy is about silence and this is why we are not making loud statements in the near future," Pozdnyakov added.

Following the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Paris will host the Summer Games in 2024, while Los Angeles will hold the Games in 2028.

The ROC president also blamed the war waged by the Western mass media against Russia for violating the political neutrality status of the Olympic Movement.

"A thesis of the political neutrality of the Olympic Movement was subjected to a certain pressure. I believe that on the whole it was a result of some kind of a mass media war against Russia," Pozdnyakov said.

"Nonetheless, our voice is heard and one of the bold indications about it that the ROC received an invitation to attend the General Assembly Meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC)," he said.

"ANOC is made up of 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) including the representation of international sports federations, and it offers a good platform for discussions as well as for the settlement of disagreements, which emerged through no fault of ours," the ROC chief stated.

"A common sense should prevail, but the question is when it may happen…," he continued. "Sports federations around the globe assumed a rather adequate stance compared to federations located Europe."

"The media hype, which had been raised by the collective West in regard to the special military operation, keeps applying pressure on the continental, European federations," Pozdnyakov stated.

The ROC president also stated that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was set to view all of the appeals filed on behalf of the Russian athletic federations against the suspension of its athletes from international tournaments.

"I should say that lawyers are in work exchanging opinions regarding all cases pending consideration with the court, but it’s a very lengthy process," Pozdnyakov said.

"It’s hard to say, when this process may be over, because certain problems emerged with the formation of the Panel of Arbiters," he said.

"Will there be hearings [within the CAS] on the issue before the yearend? I should say that yes," Pozdnyakov added.

On February 28, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued recommendations to international sports federations to bar athletes from Russia and Belarus from taking part in international tournaments, citing Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine as the reason.

Following the IOC’s recommendations in late February, the majority of global sports federations decided to bar athletes from Russia and Belarus from all international sports tournaments.

Early last month, IOC President Thomas Bach said in an interview with Germany’s Sport Bild that it was still too early to alter the IOC's February recommendations regarding Russia and Belarus. He said in particular: "We still do not recommend inviting athletes from Russia and Belarus to tournaments. They still have no anthems, no flags, no national colors".