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35 countries back ban on Russia from Olympic

Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin

Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says calls from ministers of more than 30 countries to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from the 2024 Olympics were unacceptable.

Lithuania’s sports minister on Friday, said a group of 35 countries, including the United States, Germany and Australia, has demanded that Russian and Belarusian athletes are banned from the 2024 Olympics.

Reuters reports that the move cranks up the pressure on an International Olympic Committee (IOC) that is desperate to avoid the sporting event being torn asunder by the conflict unfolding in Ukraine.

Writing by Chinasa Ossai; editing by Julian Osamoto