“I don’t want to participate when in my country people die,” [she said].The 24-year-old skier is refusing to ski in Friday’s slalom, her third and best event at the Sochi Olympics.Matsotska says Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych “has to be jailed, and for a long time … for all the lives that he took.”She says “I hope that I will be heard by the world.”
Ukraine’s Olympic Committee asked that its athletes be allowed to wear black armbands honoring those who died in the protest, saying on its website that it wants to “share deep pain over the loss of fellow countrymen” by displaying them as an “expression of sorrow and sympathy.”The IOC rejected that, saying it was not allowed under the Olympic Charter. And others said the focus of the Olympics should be solely on sports, despite the fighting in Kiev that left at least 25 dead.
Ukraine’s Olympic Committee says athletes held a moment of silence in Olympic Village today wearing black arm bands to honor Ukrainian dead— Ivan Watson (@IvanCNN) February 20, 2014
All of the Ukraine athletes who have returned home are said to have completed their events at the Sochi Winter Olympics.— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) February 20, 2014