The International Olympic Committee still does not want to exclude any Russian officials, referring to its Olympic Charter.
According to this, IOC members “are not representatives of their country within the IOC. Rather, they are elected as individuals by the IOC and then delegated to their country’s sports organisations as ambassadors of the IOC,” the IOC said on Monday in response to a request. In any case, no IOC meetings involving Russian IOC members would be held at present, it added.
Previously, Switzerland had advocated the exclusion of officials from Russia and Belarus from top posts in international sports federations because of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. This emerged from a letter from the Minister of Sport and Defence, Viola Amherd, to the IOC. In view of the situation in Ukraine, it was no longer sufficient to exclude athletes from the two countries from competitions abroad, the letter said, among other things.
“The IOC continues to monitor the situation closely”.
Switzerland is home to numerous top federations, including the football associations FIFA and UEFA in addition to the IOC, as well as the European Athletics Association, the Basketball World Federation, the international equestrian, fencing and swimming federations and many others. As a rule, these are organised in the private sector. The Swiss government believes that the IOC could put pressure on the federations, for example by threatening to exclude them from the Olympic family, as the spokesman for the Federal Office of Sport said.
According to its own statement, the IOC wants to continue to denounce persons and organisations “who are responsible for this war and violate the Olympic Truce. At the same time, the IOC continues to monitor the situation closely and reserves the right to adjust measures depending on further developments.”