Russian figure skaters banned from world championships

JThe World Figure Skating Championships are scheduled for later this month in France, but figure skaters from Russia and Belarus have been banned from participating in light of the war in Ukraine.

The International Skating Union has announced that no athletes from Russia or Belarus “will be invited or permitted to participate” in skating events until further notice.

“The ISU Council reiterates its solidarity with all those affected by the conflict in Ukraine and our hearts go out to all the Ukrainian people and country,” the ISU said. declared.

“The ISU Council reaffirms its full solidarity with the ISU members in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Speed ​​Skating Federation and the Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation.”

They further noted that the ban is “in order to protect the integrity of ice skating and for the safety of all participants”, adding that it also applies to skating officials.

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The announcement means Russian figure skating star Kamila Valieva cannot participate. She was heavily favored to win gold at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but finished in fourth place after falling several times in her long program. Valieva was at the center of a doping dispute that remains unresolved.

Kamila Valieva of the Russian Olympic Committee competes in the women’s short program team figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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Russia was also banned from FIFA and UEFA. The country’s athletes have been banned from competing in International Volleyball Federation events.

Former Detroit Red Wings goaltender and Hockey Hall of Famer Dominik Hasek has called on the NHL to “immediately suspend the contracts of all Russian players!”

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The World Figure Skating Championships will take place from March 21 to 27 in Montpellier, France.

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