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Putin urges to adopt UN General Assembly resolution on depoliticizing sport

October 21, 2015, 15:03 UTC+3

The resolution would "finally seal the principle of depoliticizing sport in international law"

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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

© Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS

MOSCOW, October 21. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday the UN General Assembly should pass a resolution on taking politics out of sport.

"We consider it important to work out and adopt a separate UN General Assembly resolution to finally seal the principle of depoliticizing sport in international law," Putin said at the first forum of the World Olympians Association (WOA).

A Declaration in support of the Olympic Charter planned for signing at the WOA forum in Moscow can be an important step on this way to popularize Olympic values, Putin said.

Russia strictly follows the Olympic Charter, which stipulates the inadmissibility of the use of athletes for political purposes, the Russian leader said.

"We consistently support the principle that sport is outside politics," Putin said.

The Russian leader reminded the forum participants about the UN General Assembly Resolution on sports and its autonomous nature, which also incorporated provisions proposed by Russia.

The Olympic movement’s ideals, such as the respect for the culture of other peoples, assistance to accord and stability on the planet are consistent with Russia’s traditions, priorities and principles it safeguards on the international scene, Putin said.

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