IOC suspends Russian Olympic Committee

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The International Olympic Committee’s executive board has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee “with immediate effect until further notice”.

The move comes after the ROC recognised regional organisations from four Ukranian territories illegally annexed by Russia since its full-scale invasion began in 2022.

The IOC said this was “a breach of the Olympic Charter because it violates the territorial integrity of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine”.

The IOC added that it will decide on whether neutral Russian athletes can compete at Paris 2024 “at the appropriate time”.

Olympic Councils from the regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia had been recognised by the ROC.

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