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Ms Linda Hofstad HELLELAND

Speeches since 2019

22/06/2023 | 17:16:08 Thank you, Madam Chair. And thank you, colleagues. Thank you so much for your support! Our voices are clear, Russian and Belarusian athletes have no place at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris next year. By lifting the ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes, the International Olympic Committee becomes a tool for the Russian propaganda machinery. As Ms Liisa-Ly PAKOSTA said, just a few days ago, the president of the Russian Wrestling Federation made an appalling declaration. "Russian... 22/06/2023 | 16:13:54 Thank you, Chair. Dear colleagues, Ukraine continues to stand up against the Russian aggressor with resolve and determination. They are on the frontline for democracy and our European values. At the same time, the International Olympic Committee is considering lifting the ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in the Paris Games next year. It’s deeply worrying and disappointing. Our debate and this resolution are therefore very important. We are not just debating sport and... 27/04/2022 | 16:16:57 Mr President, dear colleagues, This war affects us all. All Europeans. But the effect on Ukrainian women, men and children, especially those who fall victim to sexual violence and rape, is unimaginable. Ukrainians are victims of such crimes. They are traumatised and scarred for life. Rape results in unwanted pregnancies. All countries that receive and host refugees from Ukraine must provide consulting and care. Safe abortions must be provided to those in need. I am afraid that the situation... 15/03/2022 | 11:53:31 Thank you chair and dear colleagues. I thank you for this extremely important text in front of us. Thanks to the rapporteur Ms Ingjerd SCHOU for her huge effort in making this historical moment for this Assembly. It was not in horrifying circumstances like this that I imagined my first speech to this Assembly. In circumstances when one member of our organisation has invaded another. It is quite an unimaginable situation. My heart goes out to all Ukrainians who are victims of the ongoing... 26/01/2022 | 12:25:10 I thank the rapporteur for an important report. He points to important challenges that need to be addressed within international sports. I fully concur with his observations and conclusions. While fully respecting that anti-doping was not included in this report, I nevertheless would like to take this opportunity to talk about this important matter. Doping is still one of the major threats to our sporting values. Fair play and clean sport is crucial to the integrity of sport and sport...