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Can Russians and Belarusians compete at the Paris Olympics? Individual Neutral Athletes explained

The participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes has been one of the major talking points leading up to this year's Olympic Games.

Throughout the 128-year span of Olympic history, Russian athletes have participated under various identities, and they will adopt yet another designation come Paris 2024.
In the aftermath of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, with backing from Belarus, in February 2022, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) proposed a prohibition on Russian and Belarusian athletes from engaging in international sports competitions.
By January 2023, the IOC disclosed its plan to permit these athletes to compete as neutrals, mirroring the approach taken with Russian and Belarusian tennis players in ATP, WTA, and Grand Slam events, where their nationality is not referenced.
The complete suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee by the IOC in October 2023 ensued when the former absorbed regional sports organizations in Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia.
The eligibility of Russian and Belarusian athletes to partake in the Olympics sparked extensive debate, with Ukrainian athletes particularly vocal about their reservations.

Nevertheless, the IOC Executive Board determined it unjust to penalize athletes solely based on their citizenship, thus allowing some to participate in Paris, albeit under stringent conditions.

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