Periodically, SwimSwam will update you on the biggest news around the Olympic and Paralympic world, outside of water sports. Read on to learn more about the IOC calling on countries to ensure all athletes from all nations can compete fairly, pressure from the International Cricket League to include the sport in LA28, where the Games could be held 2036 Olympics, and an open letter calling on athletes to boycott the Beijing 2022 Olympics.
IOC urges international sports federations to ensure all countries can participate in tournaments
the International Olympic Committee (IOC) informed international sports federations that they must ensure that all countries can participate in their tournaments. The announcement came when Malaysia refused to allow Israel to participate in the World Team Squash Championships. The event, scheduled for December 7-12, was later canceled.
IOC Sporting Director Kit McConnell urged federations “to be extremely vigilant in awarding and staging international sporting competitions“. He also added that federation heads should ask host governments for written assurances that all eligible athletes can compete and be treated equally without political discrimination.
It also comes after Serbia did not allow the Kosovo boxing team to participate in the 2021 AIBA World Boxing Championships. Kosovo is a partially recognized Eastern European country which gained its independence from Serbia in early 2008.
The IOC has announced that it will work with the Malaysian and Serbian governments and the Olympic committees to find long-term solutions. If no solution can be found, then countries would âexclude themselves from the right to host international sporting events untilâ the assurances are met.
International Cricket Council Launches $ 3M Campaign to Add Sport to LA28
the International Cricket Council (ICC) planned a $ 3 million lobbying and public relations campaign to include cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Part of this amount will be spent on travel that encourages members of the working group to meet relevant stakeholders.
Cricket was not on the provisional list of 28 sports first provided by the IOC in early December. In fact, the sport has not been part of the Olympics since 1900, when it was only played between two countries. The last time cricket was featured in a multisport event was at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
The ICC will have to convince the Los Angeles 2028 organizing committee by 2023. That’s when the committee will suggest additional sports to add to the games. Although an Olympic bid was publicly announced in August, the ICC experienced internal turmoil that slowed it down.
An official close to the process told ESPN âIt took a while to get the process started. There is not enough work done yet. There have been too many sideshows within the ICC.
Other provisional sports that made the cut were skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing. Boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon were also excluded from the original list.
The 2036 Olympic Games could take place in Moscow
The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) recently suggested that Moscow could host the Olympics in the near future.
ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov promoted the country’s infrastructure to host sporting events. The IOC selection process for host cities has started to focus on reducing gaming costs. Pozdnyakov added: “the candidatures will be submitted where the necessary infrastructure for the Games already exists, in this regard Russia is one of the priority areas”.
Russia has also continuously improved and expanded its sports infrastructure over the past decades, according to the ROC president. He said,
In the last 10-20 years our country has gone much further by increasing the quantity and quality of sports infrastructure for almost all sportsâ¦ In the 1990s we had a base in Novogorsk and half destroyed in the lake Krugloye, and now there are construction projects everywhere.
Russia last hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, when it was still known as the Soviet Union. It recently hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The most recently awarded Summer Olympics were the 2032 Games, which will be held in Brisbane, Australia, and surrounding areas. Russia is currently not allowed to officially bid on hosting the Olympics as part of a sanction for issues within its anti-doping organization.
Human rights activists issue open letter urging athletes to boycott Beijing Games
Uyghur, Tibetan and Hong Kong human rights groups recently published an open letter ask athletes to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. This call to action follows diplomatic boycotts involving many countries, such as the United States, Australia and Great Britain.
The letter describes human rights violations that the Chinese government has committed, such as mass imprisonment, surveillance and forced labor. It also highlights recent violations involving Uyghurs, Tibetans and Hong Kong people.
We know this is an extremely difficult demand for Olympic athletes who have put so much time and energy into becoming champions in their sport. But it is no exaggeration to say that life under the Chinese government is literally death for our people.
Activists also call out to the IOC, claiming that “Thomas Bach and the International Olympic Committee have let you down by putting you in a situation where you have to choose between human rights or competition in the context of genocide”.
The letter ends with a moving plea from activists: âWe ask you to use your position, stand on the right side of history and say no to the Genocide Games.
So far, no country has announced an athlete boycott of the Games.