Yulia Tymoshenko & The People’s Republic Of Sport

Yulia Tymoshenko waves to supporters from her prison cell. Image via huffingtonpost.

Rumours that several nations are considering a boycott of EURO 2012 games to held in Ukraine have given rise to questions about the role of politics in sport once again. At the beginning of May it was reported that Austria would not be attending  fixtures held in the country as they were “concerned …  about the prison conditions of the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.” Yesterday, the BBC confirmed that the venue set to host the final, the Olimpiysky stadium in Kiev, has received just 50 bookings for VIP seats.

Tymoshenko was jailed last year after a trial condemned for being politically motivated.

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