Taras Kremin, Ukraine's ombudsman for state language claimed that Ukrainian athletes will have to use Ukrainian language during all sorts of public speech, and organizers of respective events will need to provide translation whenever necessary. Kremin reported that on Facebook.
"Every Ukrainian citizen at international competitions is an example of professional approach, sport mastery, pride and respect for his people, state, supporters from all over the globe. This is why public speeches, commentaries or press conferences where our athletes, coaches or representatives of federations and clubs participate (including those individuals who already finished their career) must be provided, first of all, in Ukrainian. Translation, on the other hand, should be provided by organizers of events", Kremin wrote.
The ombudsman added that all Ukrainian sport federations, associations, unions and clubs will need to conduct explanatory work among their members, so that the situation will not repeat. However, Kremin added that the athletes can use any language in their private lives.
Earlier, Ukrainian users of Facebook got angry at Artem Dovbyk, the footballer who scored the winning goal in the Euro 2020 game with Sweden replied to journalists' questions in Russian. Of all footballers who spoke to reporters, only Roman Yaremchuk spoke in Ukrainian.