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The former head of WADA: IOC sanctions may prevent Russia from participating in the Olympics

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Former WADA chief Reedy: Russians may not qualify for Olympics 2024 due to IOC recommendation.

Former World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Craig Reedy expressed the opinion that Russian athletes will not be able to qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

At the end of February, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that international sports federations not allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete because of the situation in Ukraine. A number of international federations excluded Russians and Belarusians from competitions under their auspices, and also canceled the competitions in Russia, other federations allowed athletes a neutral status.

“I’m afraid that a decision will have to be made on what will happen to each of these two countries (Russia and Belarus). I assume that the general opinion will be that they should not qualify (for the Olympics). There is no clear way yet to achieve representation (of these countries). Therefore, the status quo is maintained,” Reedy was quoted by The Guardian as saying.

“However, now the problem arises that about two years before the Games, the qualification period begins, set by the international federations and the IOC. Therefore, there is a real problem for the federations that have a clear instruction that they have agreed that they will not invite Russians and Belarusians for participating in activities,” he added.

The Paris Olympic Games will be held from July 26 to August 11, 2024.

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