Russian competitors remain banned from track and field events at next year's Paris Olympics but Sebastian Coe on Monday conceded that "the world changes" and said the situation was being monitored.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said earlier this month that athletes from Russia and its ally Belarus would be able to compete in Paris as neutrals, outside of team events and as long as they did not actively support the war on Ukraine.

That move changed the position of their original blanket ban following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

But World Athletics president Coe said after the IOC's move that his sport would not allow Russians or Belarusians to compete in Paris -- and in a conference call with agencies including AFP he said that position had not changed.


"There is no change," the British double Olympic gold medallist said.

"The most important thing is that everybody is beginning to recognise that the autonomy and independence of international federations to make these judgements is really important.

"We made a judgement which we believe was in the best interest of our sport."

Coe added though that "the world changes every five minutes, the situation could change".

"We do have a working group that is monitoring the situation within the sport and it will advise and guide the Council on what circumstances might need to exist for any exclusion to be lifted," he added.

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