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Paris 2024 Olympic Games: Russians excluded from the parade on the Seine, a “decision in continuity” for Tony Estanguet

The president of the organizing committee for the Paris Olympics, Tony Estanguet, estimated Friday, on the sidelines of a test day for the torch relay organized in Aube (center-east), that the IOC's decision to excluding the Russians from the naval parade of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was "in continuation of the decision which had been taken for the qualifications of the athletes, with very strict rules, with the non-possibility for team sports and for individually qualified athletes to represent their country.

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Paris 2024 Olympic Games: Russians excluded from the parade on the Seine, a “decision in continuity” for Tony Estanguet

The president of the organizing committee for the Paris Olympics, Tony Estanguet, estimated Friday, on the sidelines of a test day for the torch relay organized in Aube (center-east), that the IOC's decision to excluding the Russians from the naval parade of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was "in continuation of the decision which had been taken for the qualifications of the athletes, with very strict rules, with the non-possibility for team sports and for individually qualified athletes to represent their country. We know the principle of an opening ceremony is to present delegations, countries; there would be contradictions in wanting to present the delegation as a whole.

The opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics will be held in the unique format of a parade on the Seine, on July 26, under reinforced security conditions. The decision is “consistent”, he insisted, using the same word as the Minister of Sports and the Olympics, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra the day before. But once the parade on the Seine is over, “the athletes individually, at Place du Trocadéro, at the moment when the athletes are going to mix among themselves, if they wish, will be able to attend this part”, had specified the minister.

Russia accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday of “sloping into racism and neo-Nazism” and of being guilty of “discrimination” and “intimidation”, the day after the imposition of new restrictions on Russian athletes. for the 2024 Olympics.

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