Ukraine's national biathlon team will not participate in the ninth stage of the World Biathlon Cup, which will be held in Tyumen (Russia). Ukrainian Youth and Sport Minister Ihor Zhdanov said this after a meeting with President of the Biathlon Federation of Ukraine Volodymyr Brynzak. They came to the conclusion that the Ukrainian team should not take part in competitions in the territory of the aggressor country.
"The state has no right to interfere with the activities of sports federations as separate non-governmental organizations, but all the rules have an exception. It's about an aggressor country, a country that systematically ignores international law, including in the field of sports, does not adhere to anti-doping rules. A joint decision has been made - the Ukrainian national team will not take part in the ninth stage of the World Cup in Tyumen", - Zhdanov wrote on his Facebook page.
Earlier, he called on to boycott the Biathlon World Cup stage in Russia.