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Ukrainian athletes’ performance at Sochi Olympic unaffected by tragic events in Kiev

February 19, 2014, 21:09 UTC+3 SOCHI
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SOCHI, February 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Events unfolding in downtown Kiev do not hamper the Ukrainian athletes’ efforts to score good results at the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, figure skater Natalya Popova told Itar-Tass Wednesday.

“I’m getting information on what’s happening in Kiev from my family and friends,” she said. “I don’t have a TV set in my room on the Olympic village and, frankly, there’s too little time left for watching it when you are getting ready for the starts.”

“The Ukrainian Olympic athletes can’t influence the situation anyway,” Popova said

She pointed out the absence of divisions within the Ukrainian national Olympic team along the athletes’ political preferences.

“Our team consists of representatives of different regions,” Popova said. “Some of us are native speakers of Ukraine, while others are speakers of Russian. We live all together and support one another and feel upset by the developments back at home.”

“Also, we hope for the better in the future,” she said.

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