Ukraine athletes risk becoming ‘Russian propaganda’ after IOC decision

The IOC said on Friday Russians and Belarusians who qualify in their sport for the Paris Olympics can take part as neutrals without flags, emblems or anthems.

10 December 2023 - 19:31 By Sophie Penney and Karolos Grohmann

Olympic competitors risk being used as “Russian propaganda” after the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as neutrals at the Paris Games, Ukrainian skeleton racer Vladyslav Heraskevych said on Friday...

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