Ukraine to compete at European Wrestling Championships in Russia after Government lift ban

2018/4/20 14:40:59

The development comes after United World Wrestling President Nenad Lalovic, recently elected a member of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board, warned countries against boycotting sporting events.

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By Liam Morgan for Inside the Games, Apr 20, 2018:

 

A ban on Ukrainian athletes competing at events in Russia has been lifted by the country’s Ministry of Youth and Sports after the nation’s wrestling team confirmed they would participate at the European Championships in Kaspiysk.

 

The Ukrainian Government announced a boycott of all major competitions in Russia last month because of their doping scandal and its involvement in the conflict in the east of the country.

 

The Ukrainian Wrestling Association announced earlier this week, however, that they would send a team to the European Championships, scheduled to take place from April 30 to May 6, despite the Government ban.

 

The initial directive has since been scaled back by the Sports Ministry.

 

It instead says the Government does not recommend Ukrainian athletes take part in events in Russia and that they will not fund any competitors who choose to do so.

Ukraine participating at the European Wrestling Championships was praised Russian Wrestling Federation President Mikhail Mamiashvili.

 

"We are very eager to welcome athletes from Ukraine just like the rest of the athletes and guests of the tournament," Mamiashvili told Russia's official state news agency TASS

 

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