The president of France, Emmanuel Macronestimated that “the Russian flag cannot be at the” Olympic Games of paris 2024 and? Russia “He has no place at a time when he has committed war crimes,” in an interview with the French sports newspaper L’Équipe published on Wednesday.
Asked about the possible presence of individual Russian athletes, the French head of state replied: “I want it to be a conscious decision of the Olympic world (…) It is not up to the host State to decide what the IOC should do”.
“I totally trust Thomas Bach [el presidente del COI]”, he pointed out. President Macron also wished that “Ukrainians join this reflection.”
“Obviously, the Russian flag cannot be at the Paris Games, I think that generates consensus”he indicates in this interview, “because Russia as a country has no place at a time when it has committed war crimes and when it deports children.”
“The real question that the Olympic world will have to decide is what place to give to those Russian athletes who have sometimes prepared a lifetime and who may also be the victims of this regime,” he adds.
But how to differentiate Russian athletes who support their government with those who are against it or are victims of it? “That is the real question and that is where the Olympic world has, in conscience, to give its opinion and specify the guarantees,” Macron stresses.
“It is necessary that it be something that the Ukrainians understand (…) That is the balancing act that we have to do,” he says.
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