The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been going on for more than seven months. Thousands of soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the war. Terrorist acts against civilians, even involving genocide, also occurred. Many sports organizations opposed the aggression, excluding competitors from the invading country from the competition. This was the way the International Skating Union did it.
“In order to ensure the safety and security of all athletes participating in the competition, the FIS Council unanimously decided, on the recommendation of the International Olympic Committee, that no athletes from Russia or Belarus should participate in any of the FIS competitions until the end of the 2021/22 season” – the activists announced then.
The Norwegians take a clear position on the Russians. In the background, the World Cup boycott
Many winter federations have decided to stick to their decisions for next season. But the FIS is slowly withdrawing from this plan. Michel Fillon, Secretary General of the Foundation, announced a few days ago that the organization is considering the return of Russian and Belarusian athletes.
– Perhaps it will happen in December, then both countries, of course, without the national flag and the national anthem, can take part in the World Championships – “Forum Nordicum,” Fillon said at the annual meeting of snowboarding journalists.. The final decision will be made on October 22.
The statement of the activist in the Islamic Salvation Front caused a great controversy. The Norwegians are mainly angry at the possibility of bringing back the Russian and Belarusian athletes. Torbjorn Skogstad revealed that if FIS allows players to return from invading countries, then Norway Will take drastic measures. One of them will be boycotting the World Cup and the World Cup in Blanica.
It will be a very important decision for winter sports. If someone asked me for a position Norway In this regard, my answer is that we cannot imagine competing with the Russians who are still at war in Ukraine. Of course, we would like to compete with representatives of all countries, but in this case we focus on our values. If the FIS decides to return the Russians, we will discuss what position we will take in this matter. We have to weigh all the pros and cons and consider the consequences of our decisions – confirmed the head of the cross-country skiing commission, citing the Norwegian website SVT Sport.
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Cobb, one of the main sponsors of the Islamic Salvation Front, is also angry that Putin’s citizens could be brought back into the competition. The company’s management announced a few days ago that if the union decided to take such a step, the company would stop cooperating.
– We can understand it. We also can’t believe the secretary’s words are true. We expect the FIS to abandon this idea immediately. We have already met with activists of the Union and expressed a clear position on this matter. We cannot allow the Russians and Belarusians to return to the competition. If the Federation does not take our words seriously, we will no longer be its shepherd – Coop Communications Director, Bjørn Takle Friis in an interview with Adresseavisen threatened.
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