Athletistic / Other. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has criticized the Ukrainian authorities. The organization condemned the rule prohibiting Ukrainian athletes from participating in competitions involving Russians and Belarusians.

The IOC said it did not understand this.

“We find it hard to understand why the Ukrainian government is depriving its own athletes of the chance to qualify for the Paris Olympics and make the Ukrainian people proud of them.

It is difficult for us to understand why Ukrainian athletes can compete in tennis, but they are prohibited from competing in table tennis. It is difficult to understand why there is no prohibition in cycling, but it is in swimming.

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This is what the entire Olympic community and, indeed, the whole world aspires to: that Ukrainian athletes shine brightly in international competitions,” the IOC said in a statement.

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