The Worldwide Olympic Committee says the UK authorities ought to “respect the autonomy of sport” after it requested sponsors to help a ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes at Paris 2024.
Tradition Secretary Lucy Frazer wrote a letter to UK chief executives of the IOC’s 13 worldwide companions saying the regimes “should not be allowed to make use of sport for his or her propaganda functions”.
“It isn’t as much as governments to resolve which athletes can take part wherein worldwide competitions,” learn an IOC assertion.
“This might be the top of world sport as we all know it immediately.”
In February Frazer chaired a summit of 36 nations, together with France, that launched a joint assertion pledging their help for ongoing sanctions at worldwide sporting occasions following the struggle in Ukraine.
The IOC mentioned: “It should be the only duty of sports activities organisations to resolve which athletes can participate in worldwide competitions primarily based solely on their sporting advantage.
“In accordance with this, Olympic sponsors usually are not concerned on this decision-making course of.
“We hope very a lot that the British authorities will respect the autonomy of sport.”
In January the IOC mentioned it will “discover a pathway” for Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete in Paris.
Russian athletes had been partially banned from Rio 2016 due to state-sponsored doping, however some competed as neutrals at Tokyo 2020.