Olympic Games – Participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes: The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) declares itself in favour of the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes
At the end of the work of the 59th ordinary session of its Executive Committee, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) (www.AfricaOlympic.com) in view of the exchanges and the recommendations defended by common agreement between all the participants took the resolution next:
– The members came out unanimously in favor of the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in all international competitions.
The President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa, the Honorable Mustapha Berraf reiterated this position by affirming that ANOCA aligns itself with the position of the International Olympic Committee and its President Dr. Thomas Bach.
It will thus be a question of allowing Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in complete neutrality without any sign of identity in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
ANOCA has given its agreement to reaffirm that politics cannot put pressure on Sport and withdraw from it all its nobility values which revolve around peace, unity and Solidarity.
The work of Nouakchott takes on a historic stamp in this sense and insists on the lifting of the barriers which must exist between politics and sport.
It recalls that the Athletes must in no case pay the heavy price of a conflict whatever it is and wherever it is.
ANOCA wishes with all these wishes that this conflict ends and that the world finds all peace, tranquility and serenity.
This session was held under the chairmanship of the Honorable Mustapha Berraf, President of ANOCA.
The ANOCA Executive Committee
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