Ukrainian boxing great Vladimir Klitschko calls for IOC sanctions on Russian athletes

File photo: Former world boxing heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko stands in a residential district damaged by shelling, as Russia's aggression on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 18, 2022.  REUTERS / Marko Djurica / File photo

File photo: Former world boxing heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko stands in a residential district damaged by shelling, as Russia’s aggression on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 18, 2022. REUTERS / Marko Djurica / File photo

Ukraine’s former world boxing heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban Russian athletes following the Russian invasion of his homeland.

Since the attack began in February, global sports governing bodies have gone on to suspend Russian and Belarusian athletes, while the IOC has recommended that athletes not participate in international competitions or compete under a neutral flag.

Russia has called the attack a “special military operation”, while Belarus has been a major staging ground.

Klitschko, whose brother Vitaly is mayor of Kiev, enlisted in the Ukrainian Reserve Army shortly after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine.

“The IOC should ban the Russian team now. The war is on now, they will not be able to participate in the next Olympic Games, they will not be able to participate in any athletic event because this war represents Russia, “he told Fox Nation” Pierce Morgan Uncensored “.

“Action speaks louder than words. Isolation, and this separation speaks louder than any word or any line because separation is painful.”

Russian members of the IOC were allowed to attend this week’s IOC session on Monday, with the Olympic body saying they did not represent their country.

“It’s going to be painful for athletes, for the economy, it’s going to be painful for anyone and everyone involved in Russia,” Klitschko said.

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