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IOC Allocates $2 million to Support Ukraine’s Olympic community

The money is being used to help athletes and their families that are in danger, and to allow for training and attending sporting competitions to go ahead as best as possible under the current circumstances.

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The International Olympic Committee has said that more than $2m (£1.5m) has been set aside to help.

The fund was started last month after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia at the end of February.

The main objective of the initiative is to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of the Ukrainian elite and high-level athletes.

It is also to help training camps in Ukraine and abroad.

Some of the money is being used for the evacuation of athletes, coaches and family members from dangerous areas of military conflict.

Members of the Task Force are in daily contact with the Ukranian Olympic Officials and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

$200,000 was immediately released, as many athletes, coaches and their families were in the war zone.

Money was also used to help Ukranian athletes at the Beijing Paralympics:

Since then further money has been used for Winter Sports teams and athletes.

  • The Ukrainian team was able to take part in the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival  in Vuokatti, Finland.
  • A team of five athletes and two coaches was helped in preparation for the freestyle moguls European Cup event in Livigno in, Italy.

“In these difficult circumstances, it is remarkable to hear about the great progress the task force is making to support the athletes and Olympic community from Ukraine,” said the IOC President, Thomas Bach.

“It is also impressive to witness these expressions of solidarity within the Olympic Movement, uniting to provide this much-needed support.”

 

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