35 countries support ban of russians from 2024 Olympics

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A group of 35 countries, including the US, Germany and Australia, agreed to demand the suspension of russian and belarusian athletes from participation in the 2024 Olympics, smsm.lrv.lt reported.

“We invite you not to allow russian and belarusian athletes to participate in any international competitions, including the Olympic Games, while the war in Ukraine continues. Our position as sports politicians must be strong and united, we cannot allow it to be used. Pressure on russia and belarus is very important. 

Lithuania will support and join all initiatives and efforts to prevent russian and belarusian athletes from returning to international competitions,” Jurgita Šiugždinienė, Minister of Sport of the Republic of Lithuania, said in a statement.

The full list of countries that supported this appeal is currently unknown. It is noted that among those who supported these demands are the US, the UK, Germany, France, Poland, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Japan, as well as the Baltic and Scandinavian countries.

“Canada’s position is clear: russian and belarusian athletes must be banned from the 2024 Olympic Games,” Canadian Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge said.

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