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The International Olympic Committee asked sports bodies on Friday to move or cancel events that are set to be held in Russia and Belarus. The group also urged sports bodies to stop using the two countries' flags and national anthem.

Russia invading Ukraine breaks the Olympic Truce, which started seven days before the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and runs until seven days after the conclusion of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics, which is March 20.

The IOC stated that governing bodies "should take the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian and Belarussian governments into account and give the safety and security of the athletes absolute priority."

"The IOC [board] expresses its deep concerns about the safety of the members of the Olympic community in Ukraine and stands in full solidarity," the IOC said in a statement, the Associated Press reported.

The Olympic truce "calls upon all Member States to cooperate with the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee in their efforts to use sport as a tool to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict during and beyond the period of the Olympic and Paralympic Games," Axios reported.

Even before the IOC made its statement Friday, sporting leagues from around the world had taken steps to remove events from Russia. UEFA moved the Champions League final from St. Petersburg to suburban Paris on Thursday.