Upholding the Olympic Charter: Finding a Path Forward for Russian and Belarussian Athletes
As an Olympic medalist and International Olympic Committee member, I find the recent discussions around the IOC's recommendation to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as neutrals both thought-provoking and concerning. While the Russian Olympic Committee's athletes' commission has deemed the proposal "excessive and discriminatory," others argue that it is too lenient.
It is important to recognize the complexity of the situation and to carefully consider all perspectives. We must strive to uphold the values of the Olympic Charter and ensure that the rights of all athletes are respected. The international sports community must come together to navigate these challenging times and make decisions that uphold the spirit of the Olympic Games.
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Official blog of author, athlete, and IOC official, Ms. Anita DeFrantz.