Palestine's athletes keen to participate in 2024 Olympics Games

18 Jun 2024 07:17pm
Palestine's delegation parade during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, at the Olympic Stadium, in Tokyo, on July 23, 2021. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)
Palestine's delegation parade during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, at the Olympic Stadium, in Tokyo, on July 23, 2021. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)
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RAMALLAH - President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, called president of the Palestinian Football Association and chair of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, Jibril Rajoub, on Monday to discuss the preparations of Palestinian athletes to participate in the Olympic Games in Paris next month.

During the call, Rajoub stressed the insistence of Palestinian players to participate in the Olympics despite the difficult conditions facing the Palestinian people, Palestine News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Due to the difficult circumstances in the Palestinian Territory as a result of Israel’s ongoing aggression, players expected to participate in the Olympics were forced to undergo training in camps outside Palestine.

Rajoub briefed Bach on the violations being committed against the rights of the Palestinian sports movement by the Israeli war machine, in addition to violations committed by some Israeli athletes and official Israeli sports institutions.

He said the Palestinian Olympics will provide the International Olympics with a complete file documenting all violations.

For his part, Bach stressed his keenness for Palestinian athletes, including those from Gaza, to participate in the Olympic Games, together with the rest of the players worldwide.

He expressed his support for Palestinian athletes in light of the difficult situation in the occupied Palestinian Territory. - BERNAMA