Tuesday, April 21, 2015   

(Ukraine uprising) Skier quits Sochi in solidarity
(02-20 19:03)

A Ukrainian skier has left the Olympics amid more political violence in Kiev, in “solidarity with the fighters,’’ he father said.
The International Olympic Committee confirmed the withdrawal of Bogdana Matsotska today. The Alpine skier's father said he and his daughter are “extremely angry at President Viktor Yanukovych.''
Oleg Matsotskyy, who also coaches his daughter, posted a message in Ukrainian on his Facebook page in which he assailed Yanukovych's latest actions.
“Instead of resolving the conflict through negotiations [which we had hoped he would when we left for Sochi], has drenched the last hopes of the nation in blood,'' the message read.
“In solidarity with the fighters on the barricades ... and as a protest against the criminal actions made towards the protesters, the irresponsibility of the president and his lackey government, we refuse further performance at the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014.''
Matsotska, who finished 27th in the women's super-G and 43rd in giant slalom, was on the slalom entry list issued last Sunday. –AP

   
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