Russian Olympic head says IOC rules on participation 'unacceptable'

A view shows the Olympic Rings in front of The Olympic House, headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), during the executive board meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 28, 2023. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

(Reuters) - The head of Russia's Olympic Committee denounced as "unacceptable" criteria announced by the International Olympic Committtee (IOC) intended to enable Russian and Belarusian athletes to take part in international competitions.

Athletes from Russia and Belarus, Moscow's ally, were banned from competition following the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine last year, but the rules announced at the IOC's Lausanne headquarters seek to allow a gradual return to world sport.

"The parameters as announced are absolutely unacceptable," Stanislav Pozdnyakov told a news conference, according to Russian news agencies.

(Reporting by Ron Popeski; Editing by David Goodman)

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