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Map on Olympic Website Changed over Ukraine Protest

Map on Olympic Website Changed over Ukraine Protest

Friday, 23 July, 2021 - 10:00
A general view of the Olympic Rings installed on a floating platform are seen in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan June 21, 2021. Picture taken with long exposure. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

A map on the Olympic website has been changed after Ukraine protested that it included a border across the Crimean Peninsula.


The map is part of a “Cheer Zone” feature tracking how fans around the world have backed different teams at the Tokyo Games.


Late Thursday the map had a black line across the top of Crimea in the same style as national borders. On Friday morning, there was no line across the peninsula. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Ukraine still considers it to be Ukrainian territory.


The Ukrainian embassy in Japan tellold the Associated Press in an e-mail that “we have protested to the IOC and the map was corrected.”


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