Ukrainian athlete Vladyslav Heraskevych mounted a protest at the Winter Olympics against the build up of Russian troops on the country’s border with Ukraine.
He faced the television cameras at the end of his penultimate run of the men’s skeleton race then held up a ‘No War In Ukraine’ sign.
The action at the Beijing games could be seen as a breach of the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Charter, which forbids any political statement during the event.
The charter states: “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”
Hereskevych’s protest follows the rising tensions surrounding Russia and Ukraine. Today, the UK Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, visited Moscow to discuss easing tension on the Ukrainian border.
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