LAUSANNE, February 24 2022 – In the face of the humanitarian tragedy that is hitting Ukraine hard, AIPS condemns Vladimir Putin’s choice to launch what he simply called a Special Military Operation, which is shaking not only Ukraine but the whole of Europe and the world.
We are principally opposed to the use of violence as an instrument of oppression.
With the upcoming Paralympics in Beijing (4-13 March), this Special Military Operation has also crumbled the Olympic truce, which sport had launched years ago as a tool for reflection and blocking the choice of using force to resolve situations that are certainly difficult, but which can be settled in another way.
If we were to accept these violent, muscular behaviours, we would end up allowing others to open new fronts tomorrow. The role of us sports journalists is usually to ensure that the world of sports remains clean, free from certain viruses that infect our society, to protect the future of the younger generations to whom we must not teach that violence is the only tool to silence those who do not think like us. We ask that hostilities stop and immediately begins a process of recovering these human principles that have been trampled on.
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