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MOSCOW, October 21. /TASS/. A declaration against any political or governmental interference in the work of sports organizations was signed at the inaugural World Olympians Forum in Moscow on Wednesday.
"We pledge to oppose any political or governmental interference in the autonomy of sports organizations which might prevent an athlete from exercising their right to compete in the Olympic Games or other major sporting event which also embody the Olympic spirit," the declaration says.
The declaration was signed by World Olympians Association (WOA) President Joel Bouzou, IOC President Thomas Bach, and WOA Patron, IOC Member Prince Albert II of Monaco and Olympians representing five continents, Willie Banks (America), Nastya Davydova (Europe), Hisham El Guerrouj (Africa), Micheile Ford Erikson (Ocenia) and Koji Murofushi (Asia).
They also pledged "to continue to spread the spirit and practice of Olympism in our communities, to work for peace and better life all through sport and to help our fellow Olympians with their life transitions and their post-career health and fitness issues."