Olympic 3×3 basketball champion Nauris Miezis will not compete in the Paris Olympics next year if Russian and Belarusian athletes are admitted as neutrals, the basketball player announced on Monday in a conversation with the hosts of Latvian Television’s Sporta Studija program.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday allowed Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate as neutral athletes in next year’s Paris Olympics.
“I do not support this decision. If this is what is finally is decided, I will definitely not take part in the Olympics. That is my position,” said Miezis.
“I do not like athletes becoming involved in political things like this, but this time we have to say something and we must help in some small way,” Miezis said.
“My opinion is that the IOC’s decision is wrong,” the basketball player stresses.
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