In a significant development, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) has taken the decisive step of suspending the Russian Olympic Committee. This suspension comes into effect immediately and will remain in place until further notice. The suspension follows a unilateral decision made by the Russian Olympic Committee on October 5, 2023. The decision involved including regional sports organizations under the authority of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Ukraine. Specifically, these regions include Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia.
The IOC contends that this action by the Russian Olympic Committee represents a clear violation of the Olympic Charter. It is perceived as undermining the territorial integrity of the NOC of Ukraine, a status officially recognized by the IOC in accordance with the Olympic Charter.
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