The Russian leader noted cooperation with China as he urged sport to be a force for ‘joy and unity’
Putin spoke out against the politicization of sport. © RIA Novosti / Mikhail Klimentyev
Russian President Vladimir Putin has cautioned against using sport to pursue political aims, as he praised the organization of events with China during a call with Xi Jinping on Friday.
“Recently, the third Russian-Chinese Winter Youth Games ended in Changchun,” Putin said, as quoted by RIA Novosti. “This is one of the central events within the framework of the ongoing years of cooperation between Russia and China in the field of physical culture and sports.
“The games were organized at the highest level and once again confirmed that sport is universal, and that international competitions should give people joy and a sense of unity, and not be used for momentary political aims,” Putin added.
Putin and Xi discussed various aspects of bilateral relations during their video call, with the Russian leader extending an invitation to the Chinese president to hold a meeting in person in Moscow next year. Back in February, Putin was among the guests when China hosted the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.