Another international federation has returned Russia to world sport

Maxim InshakovSport
Athletes from Russia were allowed to participate in tournaments abroad

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has become the latest federation to allow athletes from Russia and Belarus to participate in international tournaments under a neutral flag. According to the official ICV website, the decision was made after "extensive consultations with the rowing community" and analysis of "concerns expressed by the organizers of the competitions.

All applications of athletes from Russia and Belarus, who wish to act as neutral athletes, will be considered by a specially created independent committee. After this commission establishes all the rules and regulations of admission, the schedule of inclusion of Belarusians and Russians in the lists of participants of the tournaments will be known.


At the same time, the ban remains for all Russian and Belarusian officials. They are still prohibited from participating in ICF meetings or attending ICF events.

"The ICF decision demonstrates a commitment to uphold the principles of the sport while condemning the actions of the Russian and Belarusian governments in Ukraine. ICF will continue to work to support canoeing in Ukraine while ensuring respect for the autonomy of the sport," ICF said in a statement.



The International Canoe Federation also called on all organizers of competitions to respect the Olympic Charter and to create conditions that guarantee unimpeded access to competitions for all athletes.


As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the day before the International Judo Federation (IJF) allowed athletes from Russia and Belarus to participate in the World Cup-2023.


On April 5, the United Wrestling Federation (UWW) lifted suspensions of athletes from Russia and Belarus from its tournaments.


Note that the first international federation, which decided to return the Russians and Belarusians to international tournaments was the International Fencing Federation (FIE).


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