The Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia Anda Čakša © Ilmārs Znotiņš/State President's Chancellery

The Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia and its head Anda Čakša condemn the decision of the International Olympic Committee to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in the 2024 Olympics in Paris under a neutral flag.

That’s according to the ministry’s statement posted on X. Reposting the Ministry of Education's posting, its head added that she condemned the IOC's decision because it undermines athletes and the highest goal of sports – fair competition. "So let's do everything to achieve justice on behalf of Ukrainians and all athletes who deserve the Olympics, which honor human achievements and are free from politics and aggression," Čakša wrote.

In a statement, the Latvian Basketball Association (LBS) also condemned the IOC's decision, calling it "unholy". LBS noted that since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, it was the first Latvian sports organization to condemn the aggressor state. The association provided unwavering support and assistance to Ukrainian basketball, forming coalitions with other countries, expressing a firm position at various FIBA forums and meetings.