Russian substitution Olympics will not take place

On June 12, the opening ceremony of the Brics Games took place in the city of Kazan, an international sporting event organized this year by Moscow and which is scheduled to take place until June 24. As stated in the Komsomolskaya Pravda, more than 4,000 athletes from 90 countries will compete in 27 disciplines. The Russian tabloid recalls that this event is not the first of its kind: the first edition of the Sports Games of the Brics countries was held in India in 2016, the next in China, the third, after an interruption due to the pandemic of Covid 19in South Africa in 2023.

This year, the sporting event constitutes the antechamber of the Brics summit which will be held in October 2024, also in Kazan, capital of the Federated Republic of Tatarstan. The BRICS intergovernmental organization originally brought together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. In 2024, it was joined by Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (and is now called Brics+).

The title draws attention to the relative modesty of these competitions, which should not “not be compared to the Olympic Games”: foreign athletes, he explains, “fear Western sanctions, which is why only the Russian team displays

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