— Published 17 February 2023

Decision in April on the participation of Russian athletes

The Russian-Belarusian issue is shaping up to be one of the upcoming spring topics in the international federations. In particular, the taekwondo body – World Taekwondo – is planning to discuss the possible participation of athletes from both countries in its competitions in early April. The body’s president, South Korea’s Choue Chung-won, told the Korean news agency Yonhap that the decision could come after the March meeting of the IOC executive board. “The IOC will have a specific discussion on the issue at its executive board meeting at the end of March,” he said, quoted by Yonhap. “Depending on the results, we will allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in World Taekwondo competitions from April.” Several other international Olympic sports federations, including World Rowing, are planning to discuss the issue in the coming weeks in the run-up to qualifying for the Paris 2024 Games.