Poland is among is among 36 countries that have signed a statement opposing the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in international competitions, including the Olympic Games.
The spokesman for the Polish government has severely criticised comments by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president who condemned some European countries opposing the IOC's plan to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete again in international sport.
Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, has expressed deep regret over the International Olympic Committee's recommendation that Russian and Belarusian athletes should be allowed to take part in international competitions under a neutral flag.
A Polish deputy foreign minister has sharply criticised the International Olympic Committee's recommendation that Russian and Belarusian athletes should be able to take part in international competitions under a neutral flag.
Polish sports unions have signed a declaration calling for the continuation of sanctions imposed on Russian and Belarusian sportspeople following Russia's invasion of Ukraine a year ago.
Andrzej Duda, Poland's president, said on Thursday that no one who tolerates or approves of Russia's aggression against Ukraine should take part in next year's Olympic Games.
The Polish foreign minister has said that a ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes from next year's Olympics should be discussed as there can be no return to “business as usual.”
Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia have condemned efforts of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) aimed at bringing Russian and Belarusian athletes back into competition, Poland's Ministry of Sport and Tourism announced on Thursday.
The Baltic states and Poland oppose the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes at the Paris 2024 Olympics, even under a neutral flag, the Latvian foreign minister has said.
Witold Bańka, a former Polish sports minister, has been re-elected the head the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for another three-year term of office.
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