What is a neutral flag and why athletes perform under him
This is a traditional Olympic flag – white cloth with intertwined rings of blue, black, red, yellow and green colors. They symbolize five parts of light.
Flag invented French sports figure Pierre de Coubert in 1913. For the first time, the new symbol was presented at the VII Summer Olympic Games in Antwerp in 1920.
Why athletes are under the neutral flag, and not under the flag of their country?
As a rule, this is because the National Olympic Committee of the country is not recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). For example, due to political conflicts: the war broke out in the state, a military coup took place.
The country may not refuse the invitation to send a team or an athlete for some kind of internal (most often again political) reasons.
But all the athletes who passed the Olympic selection, have the right to decide on participation in the Olympic Games independently. In this case, they go under the neutral flag.
Act under your or neutral flag – what’s the difference?
On the opening and closing ceremonies instead of the country’s flag will raise the Olympic flag. At the competition athletes will not be able to use national symbolism, including clothing. In the case of their victory, the anthem of the IOC will sound, not the anthem of the country.
If the athlete cannot speak for his country, why should he go to the Olympics?
The ability to perform under the neutral flag is provided in order not to break the career athlete and give him a chance to show myself. To the Olympics, he is preparing for four years. This is a big job.
All medal conquered under the neutral flag are included in the Personal List of the Athlete itself.
Athletes from which countries have already performed under a neutral flag?
In 1980, athletes from countries, boycotting Moscow Olympiad, performed under a neutral flag. Among them – the current president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Sebastian Coe, judoist Ezio Gamba, Jumping in the height of Sarah Simeoni.
Under the flag of the IOC in different years, athletes from India, South Sudan, East Timor, the Netherlands Antilles, Kuwait, the former Yugoslavia. At the 2016 Olympic Games, which were held in Rio, a team of refugees from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia appeared under the neutral flag.
On the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, in honor of the victories of our athletes, the flag of the IOC was raised and the Olympic Hymn played. Then the ours were participants of the United Team. There were athletes of the former republics of the USSR.
Why today suddenly spoke about the neutral flag?
The International Olympic Committee decided to admit our athletes to participate in the Winter Olympiad, which will be held in South Korean Pyonchhan from 9 to 25 February 2018, not under its own, and under the neutral flag. Cause – Doping Scandal. Because of him, IOC suspended the membership of the our Olympic Committee.
Who exactly from our athletes will be able to perform on the upcoming Olympic Games, will determine the special commission. It will include representatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the anti-doping division of the Convention Sportaccord (DFSU) and Moka.
ours who will participate in individual or team competitions at the Olympiad under the neutral flag, will receive the status of "Olympic Athlete from Russia" (Olympic Athlete from Russia).