Reaction to Viola Amherd’s letter – IOC justifies non-exclusion of Russian officials
– IOC justifies non-exclusion of Russian officials
The Committee declares that its members do not represent their country in the organization according to the Olympic statutes. Therefore, he reacted to Switzerland’s request to exclude Russian or Belarusian officers.
IOC members are elected as individuals and do not represent their countries in the organization, according to the Olympic statutes.
The organization wrote to Keystone-ATS on Monday that those elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) were then appointed as IOC ambassadors to sports organizations in their home countries. It is stated that there are no IOC meetings attended by Russian members at the moment.
Switzerland demands the removal of Russian or Belarusian officials from the governing bodies of international sports federations. Bundestag Viola Amherd sent a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach for this purpose.
Given the situation in Ukraine, it is no longer enough to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes from competitions abroad, as seen by Keystone-ATS on Thursday and made public by Tamedia newspapers on Saturday. As early as March, a collective of about thirty countries, including Switzerland, had requested effective measures from international sports federations against Russia and Belarus.
However, the cards are in the hands of the IOC, which has far more effective means than the State to influence federations, all organized under private law. If necessary, it will have the authority to remove federations from the Olympic family.
Matthias Remund, director of the Federal Office of Sports (OFSPO), confirmed at the collective of nations online conference on Wednesday that new measures are needed. “Switzerland, the center of many international sports federations, now expects a strong signal from sport,” he said. The Swiss Olympic Committee and the Swiss Olympic Committee also support the Confederation’s position.
The IOC wants to continue to condemn individuals and organizations responsible and violating the Olympic peace, it wrote in its response. The organization closely monitors the situation and reserves the right to adapt its measures according to the development of the situation.
IOC member Richard Pound finds it suspicious that the IOC recommends the expulsion of athletes, not Russian officials. “It seems incomprehensible that the sanctions here are selective,” he said in an interview with Canadian radio Deutschlandfunk. But it did not clarify whether Russian IOC members should be suspended.
Pound also sees nothing wrong with IOC President Thomas Bach and FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s contacts with Vladimir Putin. The duo specifically attended a FIFA World Cup match with the Russian president in 2018. Thomas Bach also sided with Mr. Putin at the 2014 Olympics.
“Many of these are symbolic gestures. MM. Infantino and Bach have no divisions or tanks. It is important to have the best possible relationship with state actors, because in many countries – almost all – governments are crucial in building sports facilities,” Pound said.