— Published 30 January 2023

Poland evokes a boycott

A support for Ukraine. It comes from a neighboring country. The Polish Minister of Sport, Kamil Bortniczuk (pictured above), took advantage of a press conference late last week to brandish in turn the threat of a boycott of the Paris 2024 Games if Russia and Belarus were allowed to participate. “I can not imagine such a scenario, explained Kamil Bortniczuk in reference to a return of athletes from both countries in international competitions. But if it were to happen, Poland and other countries could issue an ultimatum. According to the Polish minister, a coalition of European countries could express their support for the position of Ukraine by initiating a boycott of the Paris 2024 Games. It would be led, in addition to Poland, by Great Britain. Same sound of bell in the Polish Olympic Committee (PKOl). Its president, Andrzej Kraśnicki, said in a press release issued on Friday, January 27: “Until the barbaric war in Ukraine ends, no Russian or Belarusian athletes should participate in international events, including the Olympics.” Poland is scheduled to host the third edition of the European Games next summer, in Krakow and the Malopolska region. A competition where Russia and Belarus have been banned.