Olympic sanctions are insulting to Russians


(MENAFN) Hungarian Foreign Minister
Peter Szijjarto has criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for imposing what he deems to be humiliating and ideologically-driven restrictions on Russian athletes
intending to participate in the 2024 Paris Games. Speaking at the Sport
Science and Innovations conference, Szijjarto emphasized the need to separate sports from geopolitics, arguing against the banning of athletes
based on political grounds.

Szijjarto expressed concerns over the IOC's recommendation to prevent athletes
from certain countries, including Russia and Belarus, from competing in international events following the outbreak of the Ukraine conflict in February 2022. He particularly denounced the requirement for athletes
to compete under neutral status, wear designated clothing, and stand for an anthem that is not their own if victorious, branding these conditions as humiliating and discriminatory.

The foreign minister underscored his rejection of the concept of collective guilt, asserting that denying athletes
access to the Olympics for political reasons exceeds acceptable limits. He cautioned against the proliferation of double standards in the realm of sports, urging Olympic officials to uphold the principles of fairness and impartiality in their decision-making processes.

Szijjarto's remarks highlight the ongoing debate surrounding the participation of Russian athletes
in international sporting events amidst geopolitical tensions. As discussions continue regarding the treatment of athletes
from certain countries, calls for a reevaluation of Olympic regulations to ensure equity and inclusivity in sports competitions are likely to persist.

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