Summer Games in Paris: Ukrainian athletes should avoid contact with Russian athletes

The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine has published recommendations for dealing with Russian and Belarusian athletes at the Summer Olympics in Paris. It advises Ukrainian athletes not to have any contact with “representatives of the aggressor states” inside and outside the Olympic competition venues. This is intended to avoid possible “provocations”.

In the event of a joint award ceremony, Ukrainians are required to keep their distance from Russian or Belarusian athletes and to avoid taking photos or videos together. In addition, Ukrainian athletes should refrain from joint press conferences, interviews and live broadcasts unless this directly affects the competitions.

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The Summer Olympics will take place in Paris from July 26th to August 11th. Due to the war in Ukraine, Russian and Belarusian athletes are only allowed to take part as individual starters under a neutral flag under certain conditions.

No discussions on social media

According to the recommendations, Ukrainian athletes should also not take part in discussions on social media with Olympic starters from Russia and Belarus. In addition, the Ukrainian athletes should report violations of the neutrality requirement by Russian and Belarusian athletes. For sports soldiers there could be further instructions from the Ministry of Defense or the Interior.

Ukraine has been fending off the Russian war of invasion for more than two years. The Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko supports Russia in the war and had Russian soldiers invade neighboring Ukraine from Belarus.

The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine has published recommendations for dealing with Russian and Belarusian athletes at the Summer Olympics in Paris. It advises Ukrainian athletes not to have any contact with “representatives of the aggressor states” inside and outside the Olympic competition venues. This is intended to avoid possible “provocations”.

In the event of a joint award ceremony, Ukrainians are required to keep their distance from Russian or Belarusian athletes and to avoid taking photos or videos together. In addition, Ukrainian athletes should refrain from joint press conferences, interviews and live broadcasts unless this directly affects the competitions.

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