International Olympic Committee President Thomas Pacho IV said that the flag of Ukraine will fly high at the Olympic Games

Olympics President Thomas Bach said, on Sunday, that the organization will ensure the participation of Ukrainian athletes in the 2024 Games despite Russian aggression.

Speaking during a visit to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Bach promised to increase the amount of IOC funding for athletes from the war-torn country.

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This will ensure that at the Paris 2024 Olympics and the Cortina Milano Winter Olympics in 2026, Bach said, he would “raise the Ukrainian flag high”.

“The International Olympic Committee will triple the funding we established at the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine from $2.5 million to $7.5 million,” he said.

Zelensky welcomed the additional support.

After meeting Bach, he said: “Russian aggression has turned into a severe blow to Ukrainian sport.”

“Many Ukrainian athletes have joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces to defend and defend our country on the battlefield.

Twenty-nine athletes and coaches died as a result of the military battle. Thirteen of them and the Russians were captured in captivity. ”

The International Olympic Committee, in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, recommended that international sports federations ban Russian and Belarusian athletes.

Bach said the IOC would not change its position.

“The president (Zelensky) assured us that we maintain the position we took at the beginning of the war, which is very clear,” he said.

It contains recommendations for international federations not to invite Russian and Belarusian athletes to international competitions.

It is not time to raise these recommendations.”

Zelensky welcomed the news.

A terrorist state should not be allowed to use sport to promote its political interests and propaganda.

“While Russia is trying to destroy the Ukrainian people and conquer other European countries, its representatives have no place in the global sports community.”

Amid sporting sanctions, Russia’s participation in international football has been suspended, the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix has been cancelled, and Russian and Belarusian tennis players have been banned from Wimbledon.

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