The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has assured further help to the athletes from Ukraine. This was confirmed by IOC President Thomas Bach on Sunday during a visit to Kyiv, where he met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi.
“We support them in such a way that we can see them at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris and at the 2026 Winter Olympic Games in Cortina-Milano. The Ukrainian flag will fly high,” said Bach: “The IOC will use the fund that we are about to set up at the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, from $2.5 million to $7.5 million.”
Selenskyi expressed his gratitude for the additional support. “The Russian invasion has come as a huge shock to Ukrainian sport,” said the 44-year-old. Athletes “joined the Ukrainian armed forces to defend our country.”
Bach would like to stick to the IOC recommendation made at the beginning of the war of aggression to the international sports federations to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes. The IOC “assured” this to President Selenskyi. “It’s not yet time to lift this recommendation,” Bach said.
Selenskyi welcomed this decision. “While Russia is trying to destroy the Ukrainian people and conquer other European countries, its representatives have no place in the international sports community,” said the Ukrainian President.