The Olympic Federation of Ireland calls for the outright ban of the Russian and Belarusian National Olympic Committees


The Olympic Federation of Ireland issued a statement on Tuesday

The Olympic Federation of Ireland has called for an outright ban on the Russian and Belarusian National Olympic Committees.

The International Olympic Committee has called on sports federations to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes, officials and teams from international events whenever possible.

The British Olympic Association has also called for the withdrawal of Russia and Belarus from all top-level sporting competitions.

In a statement on Tuesday, the OFI said it welcomed the action taken by the international IOC following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but also called for further action.

“The invasion of Ukraine by Russia and Belarus, in addition to being a flagrant violation of international law, is a violation of the Olympic truce which was agreed as part of the UN resolution of December 2021 and warrants a decisive response from all parts of the Olympic community,” the OFI statement read.

Speaking on behalf of the Executive Committee and staff, OFI President Sarah Keane said: “The values ​​of the Olympic Movement are intrinsically linked to peace and understanding among the peoples of the world.

“Our thoughts at this difficult time are with the people of Ukraine, including their athletes and all members of the Olympic family. In response to this violation of the Olympic Truce, we have asked the IOC to consider a further step of Ban the National Olympic Committees of Russia and Belarus.”

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