Members of the executive committee of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Belarus, headed by Alexander Lukashenko, have been suspended from the Olympic Games and other events of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The decision was made by the IOC on Monday, December 7, Deutsche Welle reports.
"The IOC has concluded that the current leadership of Belarus most likely did not sufficiently protect Belarusian athletes from political discrimination within the NOC," said Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee.
According to him, such a practice contradicts the fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter and therefore causes serious damage to the Olympic movement.
Lukashenko's son Viktor, who is the first vice-president of Belarus' NOC, will also be denied access to the Olympic Games.
It was also decided to freeze all payments to the NOC and transfer all payments directly to athletes.
As we reported earlier, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga and President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach agreed that the postponed 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo would take place at the designated time.