Fact Check: Israel Is NOT Struck From List Of 2024 Paris Summer Olympics Competitors As Of June 24, 2024

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Israel Is NOT Struck From List Of 2024 Paris Summer Olympics Competitors As Of June 24, 2024 Will Compete

Is Israel out of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, as of June 24, 2024, as was claimed in a social media post? No, that's not true: As of this writing, Israel remains on the list of 206 national teams entered to compete. Lead Stories could find no evidence that would corroborate the claim that Israel was "out of the Paris Olympic Games." Israel planned to send 85 athletes to Paris, according to The Times Of Israel.

The claim appeared in a Threads post where it was published on June 17, 2024. The post was an image of white text on a black-and-orange background. The on-screen text read:

ISRAEL OUT OF THE PARIS OLYMPIC GAMES

This is what the post looked like on Threads at the time of writing:

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(Source: Threads screenshot taken on Mon Jun 24 14:08:39 2024 UTC)

The post did not include any corroborating or verifying information or evidence that would back up this claim.

An Associated Press article dated March 6, 2024, (archived here) cited International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach as confirming that Israel faces no threat to its Olympic status. As reported in the article, Bach was asked about Israel's teams and athletes not competing in 2024, and he responded with, "No, there is no question about this."

As of June 21, 2024, Israel plans to send 85 athletes to Paris to compete in the summer Olympics, according to a Times Of Israel article (archived here).

Lead Stories did a search using keywords on the Google News archive of thousands of reliable information sites, visible here, which found no credible documents or reporting to corroborate the claim (archived here).

Lead Stories contacted the International Olympic Committee and Israel's Olympic team for a comment on this claim. We will update this article when a relevant response is received.

FactCheck.org also reviewed this claim.

Other Lead Stories fact checks about claims concerning Israel are here.

Lead Stories articles on claims concerning the Paris Olympics are here.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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