The International Biathlon Union’s statement was just as bad as you’d expect.
Russian invaders killed Yevhen Malyshev.
Malyshev was a biathlete from Ukraine who lost his life in combat against Russian forces marching through Ukraine.
Yevhen Malyshev, a 19-year-old Ukrainian athlete, was tragically killed following Russia's invasion. https://t.co/DpmiqQgODp
— TMZ (@TMZ) March 2, 2022
Iranian Athletes released an announcement demanding immediately sanctions against Russia.
“How many more lives need to be lost before sport implements meaningful sanctions?” they pled.
Joint statement from Ukrainian Athletes and Global Athlete in reaction to the #IPC's decision to allow Russia and Belarus to compete at the 2022 Beijing Paralympic Games. @Beijing2022 @heraskevych pic.twitter.com/ZqQH6WHExs
— Global Athlete (@GlobalAthleteHQ) March 2, 2022
A number of Ukrainian athletes have joined the nation’s forces in the fight against Putin, completely willing to pay the ultimate price.
Malyshev was the third Ukrainian athlete to perish, following age 21 soccer player Vitalii Sapylo and 25-year-old soccer player Dmytro Martynenko.