IOC invites Ukraine’s Kharlan to Olympics after disqualification

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IOC invites Ukraine’s Kharlan to Olympics after disqualification

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has invited Ukrainian fencer Olga Kharlan to compete at the Olympic Games in Paris next year. This invitation comes after Kharlan was disqualified for refusing to shake hands with a Russian opponent during a tournament earlier in the week. In a letter signed by IOC President Thomas Bach, Kharlan was informed that she would be granted an additional quota place at the Olympics if she was unable to qualify in the remaining period. The IOC expressed its full solidarity with Ukrainian athletes and the Olympic community of Ukraine during these challenging times.

During the World Championships in Milan, Kharlan won her individual sabre bout against Russian Anna Smirnova, who was competing as a neutral athlete. However, Kharlan refused to shake hands with Smirnova, resulting in her disqualification. According to fencing rules, shaking an opponent’s hand is mandatory, and failure to do so leads to a ‘black card’. Despite the disqualification, Kharlan’s actions received support from Ukraine’s Youth and Sports minister Vadym Huttsait, who praised the IOC’s decision. He also mentioned ongoing efforts to rescind the “black card” for Kharlan’s future competitions and prevent similar situations in other sports. The Ukrainian Fencing Federation (NFFU) also backed Kharlan.

The refusal to shake hands with Russian and Belarusian opponents has become a trend among Ukrainian athletes in various sports. This action is a response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with Belarus being used as a staging ground for what Russia calls a “special military operation”. The IOC emphasized the need for sensitivity in handling situations involving Ukrainian and neutral athletes, and international federations were urged to address these matters appropriately.

Kharlan’s participation in the fencing tournament representing Ukraine was made possible after the country’s sports ministry relaxed its rules regarding national sports teams competing with Russian and Belarusian athletes in Olympic, non-Olympic, and Paralympic events. The IOC welcomed this decision, acknowledging the difficult inner conflicts Ukrainian athletes may face due to the aggression against their country. The IOC encouraged international federations to handle situations involving Ukrainian and Individual Neutral Athletes with the necessary degree of sensitivity, reiterating its full solidarity with Ukrainian athletes and the Olympic community of Ukraine.

The NFFU has appealed against Kharlan’s disqualification, filing a protest against the decision of the competition’s Directoire Technique. The NFFU argued that the issue of “lack of respect” falls within the competence of the Referee and not the Directoire Technique under FIE regulations. Kharlan herself stood by her decision not to shake hands with Smirnova, stating that the ongoing war in Ukraine prevents such gestures. She called for a change in the rules to accommodate the situation in Ukraine and expressed gratitude for the incredible support she has received.

In conclusion, Olga Kharlan has been invited by the IOC to compete at the Olympic Games in Paris next year despite her disqualification for refusing to shake hands with a Russian opponent. The IOC expressed solidarity with Ukrainian athletes and the Olympic community of Ukraine. Kharlan’s actions received support from Ukraine’s Youth and Sports minister and the Ukrainian Fencing Federation. Ukrainian athletes have been refusing to shake hands with Russian and Belarusian opponents due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The IOC emphasized the need for sensitivity in handling these situations. The relaxation of rules by Ukraine’s sports ministry allowed Kharlan to participate in the fencing tournament, and the IOC welcomed this decision. The NFFU has appealed against Kharlan’s disqualification, arguing that the issue falls within the competence of the Referee. Kharlan stood by her decision and called for a change in the rules to accommodate the situation in Ukraine.

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