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Olympic chief: No 'political interference' in rules of sport

IOC president warns against 'political interference' in rules of sport to undermine fair play

Olympic chief: No 'political interference' in rules of sport

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The president of the International Olympic Committee is warning against "political interference" in the universal rules of sport that can undermine the core principles of fair play, tolerance and non-discrimination.

Thomas Bach told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that the world needs the Olympic principles "of tolerance, solidarity and peace more than ever because we are living in a world full of crisis -- political crisis, financial crisis, health crisis, terrorism, war ethnic and religious conflict."

Speaking at the U.N. commemoration of the second annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Bach said "sport has to be politically neutral, but it is not apolitical."

He said the International Olympic Committee is supporting programs to promote conflict resolution, bring hope to refugees and promote gender equality.


Updated : 2021-09-22 20:12 GMT+08:00