IOC President Advocates for African Countries to Boycott Russia's Friendship Games

© AP Photo / Kin CheungPresident of the IOC Thomas Bach
President of the IOC Thomas Bach - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 02.04.2024
On March 19, the IOC issued a statement against the "politicization of sport" and called for a global boycott of the 2024 Friendship Games in Russia, scheduled for September 15-29, 2024.
Fooled by Russian pranksters, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has advocated for Africa to skip the Friendship Games in Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony via video link to open sports facilities in Perm, Russia, on Thursday, October 19, 2023. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 19.10.2023
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Bach spoke to an "African politician" about the "risks" for participants due to Moscow's "untrustworthy" anti-doping system that could also indirectly "influence" the African Games. Bach said the EU could issue a joint statement with the "politician" on the matter.
Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Chernyshenko previously stated that a large number of countries are interested in and will participate in the International Friendship Games, despite the IOC's opposition to the competition.