Canada’s sport minister sees no path for Russian, Belarusian athletes at Paris Olympics

Canada’s sport minister says the federal authorities doesn’t suppose it’s doable for Russian or Belarusian athletes to compete within the subsequent Olympics.

Pascale St-Onge made the remark Thursday in response to an open letter signed by 42 retired Canadian Olympians the day earlier than.

The letter urges the COC to not enable Russian or Belarusian athletes to compete beneath a impartial flag on the Paris Olympics in 2024.

Signing the assertion was a who’s-who of Canadian Olympic greats and gold medallists, together with Hayley Wickenheiser, Jenn Heil and Alex Bilodeau, Tessa Advantage and Beckie Scott.

Russian and Belarusian athletes have been banned from worldwide competitors following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, which Belarus has supported.

St-Onge says the COC and federal authorities share the place that there isn’t any cause to evaluation the ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes as a result of the conflict continues to be ongoing.

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