Olympic Committees | The Nordic Olympic Committees agree: Russia should not be accepted back into international sports

The Finnish director of the IOC Athletes’ Commission also supports the continuation of Russia’s isolation: “”The time is such that the recommendations should remain valid.”

Nordic the Olympic Committees are jointly opposed to allowing Russian athletes back into international competitions.

The Olympic Committees of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland submitted a joint statement on the matter. Representatives of the Olympic Committees held a two-day meeting in Oslo.

The sports organizations of Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland also stand behind the statement.

Finland was represented by the CEO of the Olympic Committee Taina Susiluoto.

According to the joint statement, Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine violates international law.

“We strongly stand behind our position. Now is not the right time to consider their (Russians’) return,” the statement says.

Also Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission of the International Olympic Committee Emma Terho advocates that Russian athletes and Russian sports continue to be excluded from all international sports activities.

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“KOK’s position is that it is recommended not to invite Russians. I strongly support the position that was made in February. There is no reason to change it. The times are such that the recommendations should remain valid”, says Terho to HS.

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