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Ukraine stops boycotting sports competitions in Russia, - IOC

Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee, said that sport should be beyond politics
17:47, 4 May 2018

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Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee, said that Ukraine does not boycott sports competitions at the official level anymore, as IOC official website reported.

According to him, IOC conducted talks with Ukraine’s Government, which earlier forbade Ukrainian sportsmen to participate in the tournament in Russia. After the talks between IOC and Ukraine, the decree was canceled.

For instance, Ukraine’s biathlon team had to miss the stage of Biathlon World Cup in Tyumen.

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“We had to address the issue of the increase in governments requesting boycotts of sports events for political reasons. Some governments abuse sport for their political purposes. This is against the mission of sport and of the Olympic Games, which bring people together and unify people regardless of any political differences. These boycotts are against our essential values. We are here to watch this carefully and to act," Thomas Bach stated.

Earlier, the prohibition on participation in the competitions and preparative gatherings in Russia came into operation in Ukraine since March 14. Ihor Zhdanov, Ukraine’s Minister of Youth and Sports, was the initiator of the bill.

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