Ukraine wants Russian athletes out of the Games but the IOC talks of them competing as neutrals, so something has to give in the row clouding the 2024 Olympics.
Russia issue casts shadow over Olympics
The question of if and how Russia will compete at the Olympics hangs over the 2024 Paris Summer Games.
It’s been this way for five straight Olympics during Thomas Bach’s leadership of the International Olympic Committee, whose support this week for some Russians to compete in Paris has been publicly challenged by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Russia and its athletes have been at risk of being banned — though ultimately went on to compete — at each Olympics since the steroid-tainted 2014 Sochi Winter Games that was Bach’s first as IOC president.
This time it is Russia waging war on Ukraine. Previously it was Russian state-backed doping and then Russian authorities trying to cover up evidence of that scandal.