The Executive Committee of the International University Sports Federation has announced that it will decide this fall whether to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in the 2023 FISU World University Winter Games, scheduled for January 12-22 in Lake Geneva. Placid.
Ashley Walden, executive director of the Adirondack North Country Sports Council, said FISU’s ban of Russian and Belarusian athletes is a direct response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Athletes from these two countries were unable to participate in FISU events this year. The ban is expected to be lifted at the end of this year.
FISU first lifted a ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes in March, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. Russian troops used Belarusian territory to invade Ukraine early in the war, according to the Associated Press, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has publicly defended Russian President Vladimir Putin in the past.
FISU’s Executive Committee announced at a meeting last week that it expects to make a decision by October on whether to extend its ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes until the 2023 Games, said Walden.
An international call resurfaced this week to maintain bans on Russian and Belarusian in international sports federations. The US State Department on Tuesday renewed its March 8 call for the suspension of the Russian and Belarusian national sports governing bodies from international sports federations; prevent the broadcast of international sporting events in Russia or Belarus; and for persons closely related to Russia or Belarus and holding “positions of influence” with the international sports federations to resign from their functions. Tuesday’s statement from the US State Department was co-signed by representatives of more than 30 other, mostly European, countries. Representatives from China, India and Africa also signed the declaration.