Olympic neutral flag for Russia rejected by Ukraine
The US has been open to the possibility of Russian and Belarusian athletes competing at the Olympics under a neutral flag, but on Wednesday Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky told IOC chief Thomas Bach that Kyiv wants Russia’s “complete isolation”.
Last week Bach said the status of Russian and Belarusian athletes’ participation in the 2024 Paris Games was unclear.
But Zelensky said in a statement: “One cannot try to be neutral when the foundations of peaceful life are being destroyed and universal human values are being ignored.”
He said the only response is “the complete isolation of the terrorist state on the international stage. In particular, this applies to international sports events.”
Russian forces have killed 184 Ukrainian athletes since the war started, according to Kyiv.
Zelensky later said in a video address: “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.”
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