Ukraine called on the IOC to check two-time Olympic champion Sadulayev

Ukraine called on the IOC to check two-time Olympic champion Sadulayev

A search is underway for incriminating evidence on Russian athletes who have received neutral status

The pre-Olympic European Wrestling Championships are taking place in Bucharest on February 12. There should have been many of our leaders there. Now the situation is different: a visa has been refused. And a letter from Ukraine is already on its way to the IOC: Russian stars who have received neutral status do not meet strict criteria, please check more carefully.

Back in September last year, the United World of Wrestling released a statement: 235 people from Russia and Belarus passed background checks and social networks, the final list included athletes and members of support staff. Of the 235 people, 26 were denied entry to the World Championships in Belgrade. The decision was made either due to their active support of the war effort or due to their confirmed membership in the armed forces or national security agencies.

More than one country uses refusal to obtain visas as a method of pressure. So Romania is not discovering anything new here. The President of the Russian Wrestling Federation, Mikhail Mamiashvili, regarding the team’s performance at the European Championships, said that we will have strong squads in any case. And he noted that problems with visas work to isolate our athletes: “A flawed, vile political strategy.”

The IOC, as is known, must create commissions to review all dossiers of neutral athletes who have received this status from international federations. But there are already those who want to pre-empt the work of the commissions. The NOC of Ukraine sent a letter to the head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, insisting on a more careful approach to considering the issuance of neutral status to Russian wrestlers, believing that some of them do not meet IOC requirements.

“Now the start of the second stage of qualifying for the 2024 Olympic Games is approaching, and the number of athletes with neutral status, causing us concern regarding compliance with IOC requirements, has increased significantly,” the appeal says, as quoted by TASS.

The NOC of Ukraine wants the IOC to pay special attention to these issues and take into account the provided “evidence and facts when making a final decision on the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in competitions.”

According to the NOC of Ukraine, 19 athletes do not meet the IOC requirements: Abdulrashid Sadulaev, Zaur Uguev, Zaurbek Sidakov, Aues Gonibov, Milad Alirzaev, Rakhman Tavmurzaev, Vitaly Kabaloev, Sergey Semenov, Artur Sargsyan, Akhmed Usmanov, Abasgadzhi Magomedov, Artur Nayfonov, Anastasia Sidelnikova , Alina Kasabieva, Nadezhda Sokolova and Belarusians Vanessa Kolodinskaya, Alexander Levonchuk, Kirill Maskevich and Alexander Gushtyn.

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