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GENEVA, September 23. /TASS/. International sporting events should not be used to pursue political aims, the Russian delegation said at the 30th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday.
The Russian delegation has described as "unacceptable" attempts to interfere into the activities of international sporting events. "Sports, athletes and international sporting events should not be used in political aims," a representative of the Russian delegation told the session. "The practice of boycotting international spots forums under political pretexts is unreasonable and harmful, as are attempts to discredit large sporting competitions, including for alleged human rights abuses during preparations. Attempts to interfere into the activities of international sports organizations are also unacceptable," he added.
Sports has a potential that "may facilitate ensuring peace and development, contribute to creating the atmosphere of tolerance, strengthening respect to human rights and main freedoms," the Russian delegation noted. International competitions are "a celebration of friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples." Russia thinks that "neutrality of the sports movement is an important factor of achieving Olympic ideals and values" and facilitates "observation of all human rights," the Russian delegation stressed.
The UN Human Rights Council session, that will last until October 2, is devoted to key problems of observing human rights in the modern world.