Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia is working hard on removing the current barriers to the participation of its athletes
Chernyshenko discussed the measures Russia was taking amid the sporting sanctions. © RIA Novosti / Alexey Nikolsky
Major international sporting events such as the Olympics cannot be considered “complete” without the participation of Russian athletes, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko has said.
Russian and Belarusian sportspeople remain banned from a wide range of global tournaments because of the conflict in Ukraine.
In a potential shift, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stated earlier this month that it would begin to explore a pathway back for athletes from the two countries.
Speaking at a gathering with Russian sports officials in Moscow on Monday, Chernyshenko said that “common sense” must prevail.
“Without our athletes, international competitions, including the Olympic Games, are incomplete,” said the Russian minister, as quoted by TASS.
“Following the results of the [IOC] Lausanne summit, an initiative was adopted to revise the recommendations [on banning Russian athletes].