Ukrainian alpine skier Bogdana Matsotska announced Thursday that she’s decided to skip the rest of the Sochi Olympics in order to travel back to her home country and show support to the protestors there.
Matsotska explained her decision to Reuters Television:
I have decided not to take part in the slalom, my favorite discipline (on Friday), because of the horrible events that are happening in the capital of my Ukraine, in the Maidan (square).
My friends are there at the Maidan, people I know, close friends of mine. To go on the start line when people are dying and when the authorities broke the main rule of the Olympic competition, which is peace – I simply cannot do it.
I am not a political person, I am totally out of politics and political parties, but I stand against these horrible actions that Yanukovich and his government are taking against our Ukrainian people. I don’t want to enter the competition under such terrible circumstances.
The 24-year-old will be accompanied in her departure by Oleg Matsotskyy, her coach and father.