Culture and Sports Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth. Photo:

Sports Minister to skip Olympics opening ceremony

Culture and Sports Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth will refrain from participating in the Olympic Games opening ceremony in Sochi next month.

"As a political statement, I will refrain from the opening ceremony. It is for the athletes to go there," said Adelsohn Liljeroth to SVT's Agenda.

She said it is a protest against how Russian President Vladimir Putin is using the Olympics to deflect attention away from the human rights record of his country. 


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