26 - 29 May 2022 POZNAN/POLAND

ICF suspends Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials

Athletes from Russia and Belarus will be suspended from competing at any International Canoe Federation events until further notice because of hostilities in Ukraine, it was announced today.

In addition to athletes, the executive committee of the ICF also voted unanimously to suspend all officials from Russia and Belarus from officiating at any event sanctioned by the governing body, and from attending or taking part in any ICF meetings, committees and forums, until further notice.

The suspension follows the decision taken last week to remove the three ICF events scheduled to be held in Russia this year – a SUP World Cup, and two canoe sprint Super Cups.

ICF President Thomas Konietzko said the ICF executive committee was unanimous in its support for the strong stand taken by the International Olympic Committee, and had no hesitation in taking its own strong decisions to condemn the behavior of the two countries.

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