MINSK, 9 December (BelTA) - The Olympic Council of Asia has called for easing the admission of athletes from Belarus and Russia to tournaments in the region, TASS reported citing the press service of the International Olympic Committee.
Acting President of the Olympic Council of Asia Randhir Singh said during the IOC summit that there is no reason for protective measures in the Asian region. According to him, Belarusians and Russians will be able to take part in the local competitions, provided that they comply with the current IOC sanctions. It is reported that the representatives of the international sports federations, as well as the leaders of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa supported the initiative.
ANOC President Robin Mitchell called the idea an important step toward restoring unity among all 206 national Olympic committees. “The IOC Executive Committee is ready to consider this initiative as a way to follow the Olympic mission of uniting athletes from around the world in peaceful competition,” the IOC press office said in a statement.