Russian and Belarusian athletes “not welcome” at the Paris Olympics according to Anne Hidalgo

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, declared during a trip to kyiv that Russian and Belarusian athletes were “not not welcome » at the Paris Olympic Games (July 26-August 11), in a video published this Saturday March 30. “ I want to tell the Russian and Belarusian athletes that they are not welcome in Paris and tell the Ukrainian athletes and the entire Ukrainian people that we support them very actively, very strongly. », declared the mayor of Paris to the press. Anne Hidalgo notably visited, during this trip to kyiv, the training center for Ukrainian athletes. The Russians, who will participate in the Olympic Games under a neutral banner, will not join the parade of national teams during the opening ceremony while having ” the possibility of experiencing the event “, for its part indicated the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on March 19. Russia in return accused the IOC of “ slide into racism and neo-Nazism » and to be guilty of “ discrimination ” and D'” intimidation “. The Council of Europe, watchdog for human rights on the continent and which brings together 46 countries, had already requested last year the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian athletes from the Paris Games.

Published on: 03/30/2024 – 11:35 p.m.

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Paris is preparing to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. © AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

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