UCI statement concerning the situation in Ukraine

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is following the development of the situation in Ukraine with concern and firmly condemns the violation of international law and of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

It calls for an immediate halt to hostilities and considers that the only way forward is through diplomatic channels.

Like the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the UCI condemns the violation of the Olympic Truce which, moreover, was unanimously approved by the United Nations’ 193 member countries on 2 December 2021.

The sport and cycling have often been able to lead the way to peace and dialogue. These values must inspire the Russian government so that it can cease hostilities and resume dialogue to give a chance for a peaceful resolution of this military action.

The Union Cycliste Internationale’s thoughts are with the Ukrainian people as well as Ukraine’s cycling community, which it assures has its full support and affection.

As a sign of solidarity to the innocent civilians faced with this terrible conflict, the UCI has raised the Ukrainian flag in front of the headquarters of the Union Cycliste Internationale.

The UCI would like to clarify that no UCI event is scheduled to take place in Russia or Belarus in 2022.