Ukraine advises its Olympic athletes to not fraternize with Russian counterparts
The Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine, Vadym Hutsayt, has said that Ukrainian athletes have been instructed not to associate with their Russian counterparts during the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, according to Suspilne.
“All the athletes are aware, they know how to act in such situations. They should not be around when Russian athletes are standing with a flag, so that they don’t stand together,” the minister explained.
“After the Summer Olympic Games, this was not the first time we met with athletes and discussed this.”
Earlier, the International Olympic Committee announced that due to a doping scandal, Russian representatives will compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics without an anthem and have been forbidden from wearing their national symbols.
At the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, Ukraine will be represented by 45 athletes who will compete in 12 disciplines, including Biathlon and Freestyle.
The Beijing Olympic Games will be held from Feb. 4 to Feb. 20. Beijing is set to host over 3,000 athletes competing for 109 awards across 15 sports.
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