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Svetlana Zhurova called the statements of the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who opposed the participation of Russians in the 2024 Olympics, Russophobic

Russian State Duma deputy Svetlana Zhurova called the statements of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who opposed the participation of Russians in the 2024 Olympics, Russophobic.

“It’s not for her to decide. To admit us or not, only the IOC (International Olympic Committee) decides. The mayor or the president cannot influence the admission of Russians. On the other hand, they may prohibit entry into the territory of a city or country, this must also be taken into account. If they go for it, of course. But this is an unprecedented case.

Even in the USSR in 1980, athletes from boycotting countries could come. No one put them in the team of refugees or dissidents. In our case, the words of the mayor of Paris are Russophobia. They are specifically trying to bring our athletes into the category of refugees.

If the West wants to comply with the Olympic Charter, then the IOC should ban all national symbols at the Olympics in Paris. The Olympics is not a competition of countries, but of athletes. Let the best of the best come and compete. Because these boycotts and bans are kindergarten,” Zhurova said.

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