International Olympic Committee apologized for separating Crimea from Ukraine on world map, corrected borderline

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Canan Kevser
24 July 2021, 15:14
Canan Kevser
24 July 2021, 15:14

International Olympic Committee apologized for separating Crimea from the mainland of Ukraine with a borderline on the world map published on the official website of the 2020 Olympic Games. The map was immediately corrected by the Committee after a diplomatic appeal by Ukraine.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba reported that the website of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has removed the marking of the border between Ukraine and Crimea on its fan map upon the request from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

"As soon as we learned about the incorrect map on the Olympic website yesterday, we immediately contacted the IOC leadership. They apologized for the mistake. In the morning, Tokyo time, the map has already been corrected," Kuleba wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Crimea had separated from the mainland of Ukraine by the same lines as neighboring states on the world map in the Olympics-Cheer Zone pop-up window on the official website of the 2020 Olympic Games.

On July 23, Tokyo hosted the opening ceremony for the XXXII Olympic Games, postponed from last year amid the worldwide pandemic.

Ukraine launched a campaign to support its national team at the Olympic Games

To support Ukrainians while they compete in Japan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, together with Ukrainian Institute, the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine, and the National Olympic Committee, joined the international information campaign.

"From July 23 to August 8, Tokyo will host the XXXII Summer Olympic Games, where 157 athletes represent Ukraine in 25 sports," said the statement published by the Ministry.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine joined the international information campaign to support Ukrainians while they compete in Japan, indicating that the promotion of Ukrainian sports and athletes is part of the sports diplomacy work of the Ministry.

As noted, the campaign is designed, in particular, to unite Ukrainian and foreign audiences to support the Ukrainian team during the Olympic Games in Japan.

"The Tokyo Olympics is a great opportunity to promote the positive image of Ukraine globally. The Ministry and foreign diplomatic missions of Ukraine in the world have joined to strengthen the campaign in support of our Olympic team so that it reaches an international audience as large as possible," said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

He added that foreigners will also be able to learn more about our Olympians on the official website of Ukraine and Ukraine’s official Facebook and Instagram. To join the campaign, Ukrainians and foreigners, who cheer for the athletes from Ukraine, can write words of support to the Olympians on social media with the hashtags #OlympicUA and #серцемуТокіо.