Klitschko criticises Ukraine vote-fixing

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24 November 2004 , KIEV - Ukraine-born German boxing star Vladimir Klitschko arrived in his homeland on Wednesday to criticise what he called falsification in the country's recent presidential vote. Klitschko, in a statement read at Kiev's liberal Mohyla Academy, said he had returned to his native land to speak out against what he called widespread vote-fixing in Ukraine's 21 November presidential run-off. "In politics as in sport the contest should be by the rules," Klitschko said. "A violator (of the rul

24 November 2004

KIEV - Ukraine-born German boxing star Vladimir Klitschko arrived in his homeland on Wednesday to criticise what he called falsification in the country's recent presidential vote.
Klitschko, in a statement read at Kiev's liberal Mohyla Academy, said he had returned to his native land to speak out against what he called widespread vote-fixing in Ukraine's 21 November presidential run-off.

"In politics as in sport the contest should be by the rules," Klitschko said. "A violator (of the rules) can expect disqualification, and the contest result is wiped off the books."

Klitschko and his brother Vitaly, the world heavyweight champion, support reform candidate Viktor Yuschenko in Ukraine's election crisis.

Vitaly was unable to return to Ukraine as well because he was in training for a heavyweight bout, Vladimir said.

The younger Klitschko travelled to Kiev's central Independence Square after the press conference and was planning to address a crowd of close to 100,000 gathered there.

Both Klitschkos grew up in Kiev and have said they consider the city their home.

International observers citing possible massive falsification by supporters of Yuschenko's opponent, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, have called into question the result of the 21 November vote.

DPA

Subject: German news

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