The Russian invasion of Ukraine has left the world and unhappy, and rightly so. The problems revolving Russia do not seem to be decreasing any time soon. Speaking during a visit to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, IOC President Thomas Bach said that Ukrainians would participate at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Bach promised that the IOC would be increasing funding for athletes from war torn nations, to allow them to compete. This will ensure that Ukraine’s athletes can compete at the 2024 Olympics, as well as the 2026 Winter Games set to be held in Cortina-Milano. “The Ukrainian flag will fly high”, said Bach according to IOL.
Thomas Bach want Ukrainian participation at Paris Olympics despite Russian invasion
“The IOC will triple the fund we have been establishing at the very beginning of the Russian invasion in Ukraine from $2.5 million to $7.5 million,” he said. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the IOC maintained that all Russian and Belarusian athletes should be banned from competing at the Paris Olympics, and they continue to maintain their stand on the event.
Zelensky was welcoming of the support that Bach offered. “The Russian invasion has become a cruel shock for the Ukrainian sports. A lot of Ukrainian athletes joined the Ukrainian armed forces to defend our country, to defend it on the battlefield. Eighty nine athletes and coaches died as the result of the military combat. Thirteen are captured and are in the Russian captivity,” he said.