MOSCOW, Mar 4 International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said that the organization did not undertake to lift sanctions against Russia in the event of a ceasefire in Ukraine. On Monday, the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that sports federations not allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete. The IOC added that athletes and teams from Russia and Belarus can only compete as neutral athletes. When asked if the IOC “undertook any obligations to lift sanctions in the event of a ceasefire or a peace agreement,” Bach said, that the IOC left the topic open.” It was very difficult to set a deadline or identify an event that could lead to either tightening sanctions or lifting some sanctions. In general terms, you can follow the formula that we follow to closely monitor the situation and adapt depending on the further development of events,” Bach is quoted by Reuters. Bach also noted that the IOC did not apply sanctions directly against the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). “Only those who are guilty of violating the Olympic Charter can be held accountable. Neither The Russian people, neither the athletes nor the Russian Olympic Committee are responsible for this,” the head of the IOC said.