Athletes from 5 continents, IOC top officials sign declaration of Olympians' political neutrality

A declaration to set forth the independence of athletes from politics was signed on Oct. 21 at the inaugural World Olympians Forum in Moscow, an Interfax correspondent has said.

A declaration to set forth the independence of athletes from politics was signed on Oct. 21 at the inaugural World Olympians Forum in Moscow, an Interfax correspondent has said.

The document was signed by athletes representing all five continents, as well as by the chiefs of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

"The signing of the declaration is important. An athlete must have the right to participate and, if things shape up in his favor, to win at the Olympics Games. And no external factors must affect this possibility," Vice-President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Anastasia Davydova told reporters after the signing ceremony.

Alexander Zhukov, the ROC president, earlier told reporters that the signing of this document is a key event of the forum.

"The meaning of the declaration is that Olympian athletes come together in order to do good for society. This is the first thing. The second thing is that the Olympic Movement is independent from any political events," Zhukov said.

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