We report a Facebook post from the Russian mentors: "Dear colleagues, the Russian state continues the terrible war against Ukraine, and the entire Ukraine people is in great danger. In such a situation, the Russian team cannot take part in IESO-2022. The war must be stopped, and I really hope that someday we can return to the IESO family. Yours sincerely"
I must congratulate the Russian mentors for their enormous courage in this statement and position. They reveal a deep and unequivocal Olympic spirit: tolerance, healthy competition, understanding with the competitors – not enemies! – solidarity between peoples and love for peace!
Be welcome back at any time – soon we hope – representing the fantastic Russian youngsters that will compete with the suffering fantastic Ukranian youngsters and all the new generations worldwide who love our marvellous Planet!