Russian tennis players allowed in Olympics with conditions


The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has allowed Russian and Belarusian tennis players to compete at the 2024 Olympics in Paris as neutral players, the ITF press service reported.

"The International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee will allow qualified and eligible athletes with Russian and Belarusian passports to compete in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games as Individual Neutral Athletes (AIN) and Paralympic Games as Neutral Paralympic Athletes (NPA). The ITF confirms that tennis players from these nations will be allowed to enter the Olympic and Paralympic tennis competitions in an individual and neutral capacity if they comply with the IOC’s AIN and the IPC’s NPA principles. Neutral athletes will need to meet the selection and eligibility requirements as set out in the applicable ITF Regulations," the ITF press service said in a statement.

In late March 2023, the International Olympic Committee recommended that Russian and Belarusian athletes be allowed to participate in international competitions only in a neutral status, and only those who have not publicly spoken out in support of the special operation in Ukraine and are not associated with security forces. Also, Russians and Belarusians cannot compete in team competitions.

The Olympic Games in Paris will be held from July 26 to August 11.

(Source: TASS)

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