‘We must unite and support the IOC’ – FIS chief Eliash on admitting Russians to international departures

International Ski Federation (FIS) President Johan Eliash said the organization would likely follow all International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendations regarding admitting Russian athletes to international starts.

Earlier, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it would consider the possibility of admitting Russian and Belarusian athletes to world starts in a neutral status, who have not actively supported the OSV. IOC chief Thomas Bach has admitted that Russians could participate in the Paris Olympics without national symbols. On February 2, the committee noted that this matter had not yet been discussed and that the organization still had no criteria according to which individual admission to competitions could be made.

“Athletes don’t choose where they were born,” Eliash said, as quoted by FasterSkier.

The official also said the FIS would likely follow any advice coming from the IOC. Although in the end it will all depend on what these recommendations are.

– The only thing we want to avoid is a split in the sports community. We must unite and support the IOC in its activities,” added Eliash.

The 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris will take place from July 26 to August 11.

Source : MatchTV

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