Sergey Bubka, the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine President, has again claimed sport can transform communities, bring people together and be used as a means of positive change.
This comes after months of unrest in Bubka's native Ukraine, during which the country has descended into a bloody conflict in which further division appears inevitable.
But Bubka, the 50-year-old pole vault outdoor world record holder from Donetsk, who is also an Executive Board member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has claimed sport remains vital despite the problems currently engulfing his country.
"It's true that Ukraine is going through a difficult period and there are many challenges to address," Bubka, also a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), told Calacus.
"Sport has been my life and I learnt so many lessons about discipline, respect, dedication and collaboration through my sporting experiences.
"But I also saw the dreams of many taken away when boycotts were held ahead of the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984.
"Even during Sochi 2014, the Ukraine Olympic team continued to compete and hopefully raised spirits and united our compatriots back home."
Despite unrest which left over 100 people dead during the Games, the Ukrainian team chose to stay on and compete in Sochi.
"I have discussed my vision at length with IOC President Thomas Bach, IAAF President Lamine Diack and many others within our international family of sport," he said.
"We all serve a common purpose: to protect the integrity of sport, to engage with young people to ensure that we do not lose a generation for whom a sedentary lifestyle is now more tempting and available than ever before, and to inspire new and existing audiences through participation and support."
The full interview on the Calacus Public Relations website can be accessed here.
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