The 11th Olympic Summit that met on 9 December 2022, consisting of the leaders of all stakeholder groups of the Olympic Movement, had requested the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to explore a pathway for athletes with a Russian or Belarusian passport to return to international competitions as Individual Neutral Athletes. Following a four-month consultation period, the IOC Executive Board (EB) today discussed this request and issued recommendations to International Federations (IFs) and international sports event organisers. 

AIMS must continue to support the spirit of the IOC’s recommendations and importantly highlight the right of all athletes to be treated without any discrimination. We must send a strong message of peace and hope.

The AIMS council strongly emphasised the necessity to prevent public authorities influence in sporting matters.

AIMS acknowledges the further definition provided by the IOC Executive Board in its statement on 28 March 2023.

AIMS condemns the Russians invasion of Ukraine and will continue to stand in full solidarity with the Ukraine sport community and the Ukraine people at large.