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Ukrainian athletes to keep participating in Sochi Olympics amid situation in Ukraine

February 20, 2014, 19:59 UTC+3 KIEV
Earlier on Thursday, Ukrainian alpine skier Bohdana Matsotska withdrew from further competitions in protest against conflict escalation in her home country
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Bogdana Matsotska of Ukraine in action during the Women's Giant Slalom

Bogdana Matsotska of Ukraine in action during the Women's Giant Slalom

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KIEV, February 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s national team will continue to perform at the 22nd Olympic Winter Games currently underway in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi, the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee said in a release posted on its official website on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, Ukrainian alpine skier Bohdana Matsotska withdrew from further competitions in protest against the escalation of the conflict in her home country. Thus, she will not take part in women’s slalom competitions scheduled for February 21.

“We are profoundly worried over the tragic development in our country and are mourning over the victims of violence,” Sergei Bubka, the president of the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee, said after a meeting with Matsotska. “Our athletes have their own view on and feeling about what is going on. I share the opinion that athletes who represent Ukraine at the Sochi Olympics have an important mission of unity in this time of trouble.”

“Matsotska and her coach respect the position of those Ukrainian athletes who have decided to stay in Sochi to continue their participation in the Games,” he noted. “Matsotska and her coach will stay in Sochi until the end of the Olympic Games to root for Ukrainian athletes.”

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