A strange warning for sports: IOC President Bach is angry at his talk to Russia

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International Olympic Committee President Bach angry at his talk to Russia

Russian athletes are not allowed in most international competitions. As a result of the Russian war of aggression. The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, whose association imposed the ban, is now warning against allowing politics to dominate the sport as a sport.

For years, IOC President Thomas Bach was considered a good friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin. When he decides to launch a devastating war of aggression against neighboring Ukraine, the powerful sports official finds it difficult to distance himself from the Kremlin chief. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) responded to Putin’s aggression and banned Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in international competitions.

Many associations joined the ban. But not all. In tennis, for example, Russian players are allowed to compete in most tournaments, most recently the French Open. On the other hand, they were disqualified from the upcoming Grand Slam at Wimbledon. It inspires Bach, who remains pro-Russia despite his distance from Putin, to make a stinging speech to the International Summer Olympic Federations, the nonprofit federation of international sports federations that compete in the Summer Olympics.

As reported by Insidethegames, Bach said the association had to find its own way of dealing with the war in Ukraine or else it risked “becoming a political tool”. The president of the International Olympic Committee is known for his desire to separate sports and politics. But according to his interpretation. Celebrated for the joint Korean (North and South) ice hockey team at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. In Beijing, on the other hand, he has been sternly silent on issues of impending war in Ukraine and human rights abuses in China. And since he likes to make the Olympic stage available for politicians to polish their image, this class is at best theoretical anyway.

Sanctions only for those who support the war?

Using tennis, the German official warned that governments influence decisions about the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus. “We need governments to respect our role,” Bach said at the ASOIF’s General Assembly in Lausanne. “Look at our tennis friends, in Paris Russian players can play as neutral players, in London, at Wimbledon, the government says no, and if we allow it, if we give in, we lose,” Bach warned.

He asked how fair competition in sport could be ensured if politicians acted in their own interests and decided who could and who could not participate in sporting events. “Today is Russia and Belarus, and tomorrow is a different country. There is no country in the world that every government would love.” Well, what Bach left from his speech. It’s not about love, it’s about aggressive, aggressive war. “This is against all our principles,” the IOC president said. “If we leave the decision to governments, we become a political tool and we cannot guarantee fair competition.”

According to the “Insidethegames” website, Bach confirmed that the International Olympic Committee imposed the ban because Russia “violated the Olympic ceasefire agreed by the United Nations in front of Beijing.” The strict measures were imposed “to make clear that the Olympic ceasefire is only for governments.” Anyone who supports war can and should be punished, he said, “But anyone who does not support war, their rights must be respected, according to our rules and the rules of international law. There are no penalties and there should be no penalty for possession of a passport.”

Bach said the ban was also imposed to protect athletes from affected countries. The IOC felt that safety in international competitions could no longer be guaranteed and that the athletes had been subjected to aggressive acts. Bach fears that the political world will become “more divided” after the war. He warned that sports should build important bridges in this world. “Sports can be practiced without political interest and without any form of discrimination.” However, he fails to realize that sport (Olympic) has always been political.

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