Other Sports: Olympics-Russian IOC members skipped Olympic session-source

PARIS (Reuters) – Russian members of the International Olympic Committee didn’t participate in Friday’s IOC session regardless of receiving the backing of IOC president Thomas Bach to take part, a supply stated on Sunday.

The IOC has really helpful that worldwide federations transfer occasions from Russia and that Russian and Belarusian athletes not participate or compete underneath a impartial flag following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

It has, nonetheless, not sanctioned or banned Russian members who sit on the IOC from participating in Olympic conferences regardless of widespread calls to take action, and has additionally not sanctioned the Russian Olympic Committee.

IOC President Bach has repeatedly defended his organisation’s choice to not ban Russia’s IOC members, saying they aren’t responsible for the battle and usually are not representatives of their nation on the Olympic physique however reasonably representatives of the IOC and the Olympic motion of their nation.

Russia at present has two IOC members with former pole vault Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva and Shamil Tarpishchev who had been each eligible to participate in Friday’s digital session.

“We can inform you that our Russian IOC members didn’t participate in Friday’s session,” the supply informed Reuters on Sunday.

The supply didn’t elaborate on the explanations for his or her absence although Isinbayeva additionally missed the newest assembly of the athletes’ fee of which she is a member.

The session was held in a hybrid format with a handful of senior members in Lausanne and most others signing in on-line.

The Kremlin calls its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine a “particular navy operation” to demilitarise and “denazify” its neighbour. Ukraine and the West name {that a} false pretext to launch a battle of aggression.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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