War in Ukraine: French Olympic Commission recommends expulsion of Russian athletes

On Monday morning, the French National Olympic and Sports Commission rallyed all sports federations to take a common position on the issue of Russian athletes. IOC recommendations for the League of Nations and organizers of sporting events. »»

Earlier that day, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) broke the usual neutrality and invited the Global Association of International Sports Federation and the organizers of sporting events to “invite Russian athletes and official representatives and Belarusians to participate in international competitions. Or advised not to allow. »»

“The CNOSF, deeply shocked by the events in Ukraine, fully supports the recommendations issued by the IOC Executive Board. Therefore, to be part of this approach, the organizers of the League of Nations and sporting events We call on you to approach the League of Nations, “said the press release.

Bridget Henriques recalled the instructions mentioned in an interview with the Minister of Sports and key French sports players on Friday at a morning meeting with the presidents of numerous federations. The federation was no longer recommended to send the tricolor flag to Russia and Belarus. Reciprocity, the non-invitation of Russian athletes to competitions held in France, imposed itself, especially because the European airspace was closed to Russian planes. However, the sports movement expected a “clearer position from the state.”

CIO moves the line

The meeting on Monday morning ended without taking the true position of the CNOSF. In particular, some presidents were afraid of adverse reactions from the League of Nations, led by Russians, when Russian athletes were expelled. Therefore, we hope that the government will take an official position on this issue.

From the IOC’s point of view, it is finally possible to move the line. The Olympic Commission also recommends the expulsion of Russian athletes by supporting the position of the parent company. But he asks the League of Nations … to approach their League of Nations. It risks changing to the Kafkaesque situation. This is especially the case for fencing, whose League of Nations has been led by the Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov with an iron fist since 2008. However, the French fencing federation “sought maximum resilience” and “encouraged the IOC’s initiative” in the evening. “In connection with the French sports movement, CNOSF and the Ministry of Sport, the French Fencing Federation applies all necessary recommendations,” the FFE specified in a press release.

Questions will be raised about the competition to be held in French soil in the coming weeks. Only two Russian athletes enrolled in Sunday’s athletics competition at Accor Arena have withdrawn. The French Federation of Ice Sports, which hosts the World Skating Championships in Montpellier from March 21st to 27th, explained that it is currently discussing many Russian skaters with the League of Nations. Russian swordfighters should not participate in the Monal Challenge in Paris in mid-April, but the organizers of Roland Garros should exchange with other Grand Slam tournament organizers to adopt a common position. Is explained. For other tournaments in France, the French Tennis Federation “follows government recommendations”.