TORONTO, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - The IOC will follow the UN and USA's directives and continue to violate the most basic of Macedonia's rights, and that is the right to use its own name. Yet again, Macedonian athletes will be forced to walk in behind the letter "F" for "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" at the Olympic opening ceremonies. (In Rio, it will be behind "A" for "Antiga" in Portuguese). Despite having recognized Macedonia, the United States is calling for Macedonia to change its name to appease Greece, the country that has admitted to initiating the artificial name dispute in order to wipe Macedonia off the map. Macedonia, itself, gives in to American scare-tactics and continues to participate in the farcical name negotiations.
So, Macedonian athletes, it's up to you. Join the list of international athletes who have taken a stand for common decency and human rights, and refuse to walk in behind the letter "F". You've worked so hard to make it to this stage to represent your country, not a made-up one called "FYROM". Walk in behind the letter M and tell the world that our name is, and has always been, Macedonia.