“I have nothing personally against the athletes, but I have a lot against the aggression of Russian President Putin and his war machine,” said the 45-year-old in an interview with the British newspaper “Mirror”.
Excluding Russia from all competitions is not an act of aggression. Russian athletes would then ask their government why no one wanted to compete against them anymore. Sanctions at various levels, including in sport, are very important. “We must stop this war in the name of peace,” said the ex-pro.
Both ex-boxing pros in Kyiv
Wladimir Klitschko and his brother Vitaly, who is mayor of Kyiv, stayed in Ukraine to defend their country against Russian attack. The former boxing pro described the situation in an interview as “the biggest fight of his life.”
FIFA and the European Football Union have previously banned all Russian teams from international competitions. The Russians also excluded other associations, including sports such as biathlon, ice hockey, basketball, volleyball and handball. The International Olympic Committee recommended the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials.
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