In this episode of Ukraine in Flames, we delve into the battle against Russian propaganda in sports and the response to the IOC’s decision allowing Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete under neutral status at the next Olympic games. Despite calls for a complete ban, the IOC defended individual athletes from governmental actions. Guests Olga Saladukha, Oleksandr Glyvinsky, and Leonid Veselkov shed light on the obvious support for the war among Rusian athletes, the challenges in countering global Russian propaganda, and efforts to hold accountable those backing the war within the sporting community. They discuss the need for vigilance, ensuring compliance with requirements for neutral status athletes. Take a watch of UIF #546 to learn more!
Olga Saladukha, former triple jumper, MP, Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Sports of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Youth and Sports, winner and medalist of the World Championships, the bronze medallist of the London 2012 Olympic Games, three-time champion of the European Championships.
Oleksandr Glyvinsky, President of the Ukrainian Sports Press Association, member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Sports Press AIPS Europe
Leonid Veselkov, Olympic reporter, TV and radio presenter, volunteer
00:00 – Intro
02:12 – Olga Saladukha talks Sanctions, the potential Ukrainian boycott, and ongoing Anti-Doping Scandal
04:58 – Glyvinsky Russian Propaganda in sports and the IOC’s terms for neutral athletes
10:30 – Veselkov Russia’s Bid for Alternative Olympics and IOC Accountability Efforts
14:15 – Outro