The International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week asked to look into ways for Russian and Belarusian athletes to return to international competition. Last week, the IOC consulted with IOC members, athletes' representatives, international sports federations and national Olympic committees.
On Friday, the LOK stated that the position of the organization was, is, and will be unchanged. "As long as there is a war in Ukraine, the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus in the Olympic Games under any flag is inadmissible," said the LOK on Twitter.
LOK nostāja bija, ir un būs nemainīga un prinicipiāla - kamēr notiek karš Ukrainā, RUS un BLR sportistu dalība Olimpiskajās spēlēs zem jebkāda karoga ir nepieļaujama. 🇱🇻🇺🇦@edgarsrinkevics @Arlietas @ltvzinas pic.twitter.com/ZQH9Vbgt49— LOK (@Olimpiade_lv) January 27, 2023
Russia and Belarus have been sidelined from most Olympic sports since the invasion of Ukraine last February.