Russians killed more than 80 Ukrainian athletes and coaches, destroyed more than 100 objects of sports infrastructure since the full-scale invasion started
Ukraine insists on a full ban on athletes and sports functionaries from Russia and Belarus. Their participation in international competitions, even under neutral flags, is unacceptable, Minister for Youth and Sports of Ukraine, Vadym Gutzeit, said at the summit of sports ministers on June 30, 2022.
“Russians and Belarusians have no place next to representatives of the civilized world – neither on sports arenas, nor in sports organizations, nor in the decision-making process. Ukraine insists on a complete ban,” said Vadym Gutzeit.
He stressed that due to their silence, Russian and Belarusian athletes support the war in Ukraine, which has already killed more than 80 of our athletes and coaches, and destroyed more than 100 sports infrastructure facilities.