facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Ukraine Olympians barred for wearing armbands to mark protest deaths

Feb. 19, 2014 at 3:55 PM   |   Comments

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Olympic athletes cannot wear black armbands to honor people killed in protests in their homeland, the country's officials said Wednesday.

The International Olympic Committed rejected the team's request to display the symbols of mourning for 25 people killed Tuesday in Kiev, RIA Novosti reported.

"Sharing deep pain over the loss of fellow countrymen, the Ukrainian Olympic committee appealed to the International Olympic Committee to allow Ukrainian athletes to wear black armbands as a sign of mourning and expression of sorrow and sympathy," Ukrainian Olympic officials said in a statement on the national committee's website.

The IOC turned down the request because it was not "in accordance with the Olympic charter," the statement said.

IOC policy does not allow any form of political expression during the Olympics.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Watch: ESPN's Hannah Storm tears up in outrage over Ray Rice and state of the NFL Watch: ESPN's Hannah Storm tears up in outrage over Ray Rice and state of the NFL
2
Adrian Peterson reinstated, expected to lineup for Vikings on Sunday against Saints Adrian Peterson reinstated, expected to lineup for Vikings on Sunday against Saints
3
Untapable brings celebrity to Cotillion Stakes
4
2013-14 college football bowl results 2013-14 college football bowl results
5
COL BKB: Indiana 93, Iowa 86
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback