The logo combining the gold medal, the Olympic flame and the face of Marianne will accompany the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024.
Prague – By 1:00 p.m. today, almost 8,500 people have joined an online petition asking the Czech Olympic Committee (ČOV) to prevent Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing in the 2024 Olympics by all means. CTK was informed about the petition by its initiator Martin Ondráček, co-author of the Gift for Putin campaign. The WWTP said in a statement on Monday that it does not support the participation of Russians and Belarusians in the Paris Games. He is in favor of maintaining the current sanctions, which would deprive athletes from these countries of the Olympics.
However, the petition strongly requests the WWTP to prevent the participation of Russians and Belarusians in qualifying for the Olympics by all means. He also calls on the WWTP to issue a public statement according to which the Czechia would boycott its participation in the Paris Games even if Russian and Belarusian athletes start under a neutral flag.
The WWTP previously emphasized on its website that the participation of Russians and Belarusians does not support next year's games. He is not considering a boycott and wants to leave the decision on participation in the Games to individual athletes. On Tuesday, the Czech Sports Union (ČUS) called on the Czech Sports Union (ČUS) to clearly define itself against the start of the Russians and Belarusians.
Representatives of both countries were excluded from the vast majority of sports competitions last year due to the military attack on Ukraine, which has lasted almost a year. However, the IOC is now considering allowing them to start in Paris as neutral athletes. Ukraine objected to this, threatened to boycott the games and in a letter called on other members of the Olympic movement to do the same. According to him, this would be a violation of the Olympic Charter. He also reminded that, according to the United Nations, the exclusion of Russians and Belarusians is discriminatory. “In addition, we haven't specifically addressed their return to competitions as neutral athletes,” said Bach.
The Gift for Putin project was announced at the beginning of last May by businessman Dalibor Dědek. The collected money goes to the account of the Ukrainian embassy in Prague and, under the auspices of the Czech Ministry of Defense, it is used to buy military equipment from Czech manufacturers and suppliers in accordance with the requirements of the Ukrainian army.