People’s Deputy of Ukraine Olga Saladukhaa former track and field athlete, responded to the strange statement of the President of the IOC Thomas Bachwhich he made at the G20 summit:
“IOC President Thomas Bach today unequivocally spoke in favor of the return of Russians and Belarusians to international sports arenas.
Under the cannonade of mass shelling of Ukrainian cities and villages. When hundreds of missiles were fired at our country, residential buildings and critical infrastructure facilities were hit.
Perhaps it would be expedient for Mr. Bach to come to Kyiv on one of those days. And see for yourself how “peace-loving” Russians are.
Then he would understand that world sport cannot exist apart from common sense, apart from Olympic principles, apart from respect for international law.
I believe that the relevant ministry and the NOC should immediately form a consolidated position on the odious statement of Thomas Bach and call on the sports communities of other countries to unite with Ukraine.
Ukraine will never agree to the “rehabilitation” of Russian and Belarusian athletes while their rockets are falling on our heads, while our people are being killed, while our stadiums are being destroyed, while the foot of an enemy soldier is trampling our land.”