A Ukrainian skier raised his voice against Russia’s participation in the Olympics.
Ivan Kovbasnyuk (Ukraine) said in an interview after finishing the alpine combined event at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine World Championships held in Courchevel, France on the 7th (local time), “Now in Ukraine, ski lifts are not available because of the energy shortage due to the war. “Ukrainian athletes are dying on the battlefield, let alone compete in the Olympics,” he said.
“However안전놀이터, Russian and Belarusian athletes are silent about these war crimes by Vladimir Putin,” said Kovbasnyuk, who has competed in the Winter Olympics twice.
“We will do everything in our power to prevent Russia from coming to the Olympics,” he said, “and defend ourselves to the last Ukrainian.”
In the men’s alpine combined event with 54 participants, Cobb Vasnyuk failed to finish the second stage and failed to rank.
Athletes from Russia and Belarus are unable to appear in the FIS-sponsored competitions as they are held accountable for the invasion of Ukraine in February last year.
However, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recently shown a move to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, the pros and cons are in conflict.
Kobbasnyuk confessed, “Several of my friends have already died because of the war,” and “It was not easy to train for the competition.”
He vowed, “I will enlist and fight for my country because this war will not end soon.”
Meanwhile, the Olympic Committees of the five Nordic countries also expressed their opposition to Russia’s participation in the Olympics.
The Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, and Norwegian Olympic Committees said, “Once again, we express our unwavering support for the people of Ukraine and call for peace.” put it out
Last week, the prime ministers of three Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, announced that they would not participate in the Games if Russian and Belarusian athletes competed.
However, there are conflicting opinions on the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the Paris Olympics, with some organizations such as the U.S. Olympic Committee expressing their support for the position of the IOC.