Russians and Belarusians will not take part in Asian Games: IOC
September 3, 2023 07:17 PM
Russian and Belarusian athletes will not compete at the Asian Games in China this month after the International Olympic Committee concluded that the plan was "not feasible."
Both countries have been excluded from many sports events since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, though individual athletes have been allowed to compete under certain restrictions.
The IOC said earlier this year that a pathway for their athletes' participation in the 2024 Paris Olympics, albeit as neutral athletes, should be explored.
At a meeting in Bangkok in July, the General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia voted to allow a maximum of 500 competitors from those countries to compete, to allow them to gain qualification standards for the Olympics.
But an IOC spokesperson said on Sunday: "The concept of the participation of athletes with Russian and Belarusian passports at the Asian Games 2023 was explored as discussed at the Olympic Summit in December 2022, but was not feasible due to technical reasons."
The Asian Games begin in Hangzhou on September 23 and run until October 8.