The international sports community strongly condemns the actions of Russian freestyle skier, Igor Omelin. He is facing severe criticism for his recent visits to the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, particularly Crimea, during Russia's large-scale invasion of Ukraine. These visits are in clear violation of Ukrainian law and international norms.
Athletes, including those in freestyle skiing, are often regarded as role models and influencers, with the power to shape public opinion. In times of war, it is essential that they act with responsibility, taking into consideration the broader implications of their actions.
The sports world stands firmly for values such as peace, cooperation, and respect for international law. Omelin's actions, which appear to condone the violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity, are inconsistent with these values and the expectations placed upon athletes to uphold them.