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The IOC responded to the political poster of the Ukrainian skeletonist at the Olympics

One can only sympathize with those who found themselves in the war zone, said the Executive Director of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Christoph Duby, commenting on the poster, which the Ukrainian skeletonist Vladislav Geraskevich showed during his speeches at the Beijing Olympics. It is reported by "Match TV".

On Friday, February 11, Geraskevich, after the third race at the Games, approached the video camera and showed a pre-prepared poster. The A4 sheet, packaged in a file, depicted the flag of Ukraine and the inscription "No war in Ukraine" in English (No war in Ukraine).

“Yes, there are wars. One or the other. We can only sympathize with those who found themselves in the war zone. I would not go into any generalizations. The IOC President explained what the Olympic truce is and what is its advantage. We want all countries to take this principle seriously, then we will live in a safer world. Then people from different countries will be able to communicate, live together in the Olympic Village,” Dyuby said.

Ukrainian skeletonist will not be punished for a political poster at the Olympics Olympiad 2022 In turn, IOC communications director Mark Adams said that representatives of the committee spoke with the Ukrainian team and Geraskevich himself. “He understood everything. We want peace conditions. We do not want any political statements. For us, this is one of the main principles,” Adams emphasized.

Geraskevich took 18th place at the Olympics. The Ukrainian athlete, explaining his act, said: "I am for peace in the country, no one wants war." “Are I afraid of IOC sanctions? I am very afraid of war, like any normal person, I do not want it. This is my position,” he said.

According to the regulations of the IOC, any actions and demonstrations of banners of a political nature are prohibited at the Olympic competitions, both by athletes and spectators. However, the IOC later stated that Geraskevich would not be punished.

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The IOC responded to the political poster of the Ukrainian skeletonist at the Olympics