The World Archery (WA), the international federation (IF) of archery, is opposed to Russian and Belarusian athletes advancing to the Olympics through the Asian Games in Hangzhou.
According to ‘Inside the Games’ on the 4th, WA said in a statement, “The WA Executive Committee has condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and currently maintains sanctions against the countries and governments of Russia and Belarus. “WA is in talks with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about obtaining the status of individual athletes from neutral countries (Russia and Belarus) participating in the qualifiers for the 2024 Paris Olympics.”
“There was a (IOC) proposal that neutral players 메이저놀이터 (Russia and Belarus) compete through the Asian Games,” he said. It has been decided that neutral players should not be used as potential pathways to qualification.”
The IOC recently announced that Russian and Belarusian athletes can participate in next year’s Paris Olympics through neutral status, citing the opinion of the majority of global sports figures.
Then, Russian and Belarusian players mentioned Asian regional competitions, such as participating in the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September, as a route to earn points for the Olympic finals.
Europe has already nailed the two countries’ players not being able to participate, ‘Chin-Russia’
However, the IOC’s announcement is arousing strong opposition not only from Ukraine, whose land has been devastated by the Russian invasion, but also from many European countries. The Sports Ministry of Poland, a neighboring country of Ukraine, is arguing that about 40 countries oppose the IOC decision.
There are many views that it is also unreasonable for Russian and Belarusian players to participate in the Asian Games.
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) explains that even if Russian and Belarusian athletes participate in the Asian Games and win, commemorative medals will be given, and that it will not affect Asian athletes’ rankings and Olympic points, but it is pointed out that there are many contradictions.
In particular, in a system like archery where the winner is determined through a tournament after the ranking round, OCA’s explanation is not reasonable because if a player who is good in Asia meets a Russian player at the beginning of the tournament and loses, he will be eliminated early.In this situation, after WA puts the brakes on the participation of the IOC’s Russian and Belarusian athletes in the Asian Games, attention is paid to whether this policy will affect other events.