MINSK, 29 March (BelTA) – The National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Belarus has taken note of the statement issued by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee on 28 March and views it as an attempt to rectify the discriminatory decision of last year, BelTA learned from the press service of the NOC.
The NOC of Belarus sees the statement as the willingness of the leadership of the International Olympic Committee to find a way out of the situation. “At the same time, we disagree with the recommendations of the IOC regarding the participation of Belarusian and Russian athletes in international competitions. Unreasonable restrictions, like the ban on the display of national symbols, participation in team events and affiliation with law enforcement agencies, are absolutely discriminatory,” the NOC emphasized.
The interests of athletes will be the major factor in the NOC's decision-making. Special attention will be paid to the terms of participation of Belarusians in international competitions that will be offered by international federations.
“We want to emphasize that the NOC of Belarus will not allow any disrespect for our athletes who have always showed a great deal of determination and effort while representing Belarus at international events and have made a significant contribution to the development of the Olympic movement,” the NOC said. The NOC added that they would like this difficult period in international sports to be over as soon as possible.
The NOC of Belarus called on the International Olympic Committee, international sports organizations, national Olympic committees “to remain fully committed to Olympic principles, to unite, not divide athletes from all over the world”.