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IOC 'strongly condemn' Russia's act of war on Ukraine for breaking Olympic Truce

The IOC have issued a statement condemning the acts of the Russian Federation in the Ukraine, stating that they have broken the Olympic Truce.



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IOC 'strongly condemn' Russia's act of war on Ukraine for breaking Olympic Truce

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have issued a statement condemning the acts of the Russian Federation in the Ukraine, stating that they have broken the Olympic Truce.

Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered troops to invade the Ukraine in one of the biggest acts of military action on European soil since the Second World War.

In a statement released by the IOC on Thursday, they condemned the actions of Russia for breaking the Olympic Truce introduced by the United Nations in 2021.

"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) strongly condemns the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian government," the statement read.

"The respective UN resolution was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 2 December 2021 by consensus of all 193 UN Member States.

"The Olympic Truce began seven days before the start of the Olympic Games, on 4 February 2022, and ends seven days after the closing of the Paralympic Games.

"Today, IOC President Thomas Bach reiterates his call for peace, which he expressed in his speeches at the Opening Ceremony and the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games.

"At the Opening Ceremony, he called on the political authorities: “Observe your commitment to this Olympic Truce. Give peace a chance.”

"At the Closing Ceremony, he asked the political leaders “to be inspired” by the “example of solidarity and peace” set by the Olympic athletes.

"Following recent events, the IOC is deeply concerned about the safety of the Olympic Community in Ukraine.

"It has established a task force to closely monitor the situation and to coordinate humanitarian assistance to members of the Olympic Community in Ukraine where possible."

Elsewhere in the world of sport, UEFA are set to be looking for an alternative city to host the Champions League final.

St Petersburg was the original host for the event, and there were previously no plans to move the event. However, since the start of the invasion, UEFA have suggested that they will have a new host city for the final by Friday.

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