Latvia’s Olympic chiefs have thrown their support behind Ukraine’s demand that no Russian and Belarusian athletes take part in the 2024 summer Olympics.
Latvia vows to boycott Olympics if Russians take part
Latvia has joined Kyiv in threatening to boycott the 2024 Olympics and qualifiers if Russian and Belarusian athletes are included while the war continues in Ukraine.
Athletes from Russia and Belarus, the nation which aided President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine a year ago, have been largely banned from international competitions since.
But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has opened a door to their competition in qualifiers and potential participation as neutrals at the 2024 Paris Games.
“For as long as there is an ongoing war in Ukraine, participation of the Russian and Belarusian athletes in the Olympic Games under any flag is unacceptable,” Latvia’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) said in a statement on Wednesday.