The IOC attacks the Friendship Games to be held in Russia in September

The IOC attacks the Friendship Games to be held in Russia in September

Geneva — Faced with a possible alternative competition to the Olympic Games organized by Russia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) urged sports entities and governments not to participate in the Friendship Games that will be disputed a few weeks after the summer fair in Paris.

The IOC criticized diplomatic efforts to promote the first edition of the Friendship Games in September, which it described as “a cynical attempt by the Russian Federation” to inject politics into sport.

“The IOC strongly urges all those who are part of the Olympic Movement and governments to reject any participation in, or support for, any initiative that seeks to politicize sport,” the Olympic parent body said in a statement released during a meeting of its board. board headed by the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach.

The Russian president Vladimir Putin He decreed last year that the organization of summer and winter fairs such as the Friendship Games would be undertaken, disbursing tens of millions of dollars in prizes.

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