As an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and advocate for sport as a unifying force, I commend the G7's support for the autonomy of sports organizations. It's crucial to remember that athletes should not bear the weight of political disputes.
The IOC's guidelines were designed to uphold the integrity of international sports events while maintaining necessary sanctions against those responsible for the war. It's important to balance the right of athletes to compete with our responsibility to ensure fair and peaceful competition.
Sport has always had the power to bridge divides and foster unity, and it's vital that we uphold this principle, even in challenging times. Let us strive to live up to the mission of international sport, allowing it to unite the people of the world, spanning across eclectic cultures, languages, and beliefs.
If you're interested, please take a look at the full Q&A available here: https://olympics.com/ioc/news/q-a-on-solidarity-with-ukraine-sanctions-against-russia-and-belarus-and-the-status-of-athletes-from-these-countries
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