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ISU suspends Russian and Belarusian athletes from competitions

The ban applies to figure skating, short track, and speed skating

MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. The International Skating Union (ISU) has suspended Russian athletes from all competitions under the auspices of the organization, the ISU press service reported on Tuesday.

"Following the IOC recommendation, in order to protect the integrity of ice skating competitions and for the safety of all the participants of international ice skating competitions, the ISU Council based on Article 17.i.q)i) of the ISU Constitution, agreed that with immediate effect and until further notice, no Skaters belonging to the ISU Members in Russia (Russian Skating Union and the Figure Skating Federation of Russia) and Belarus (Skating Union of Belarus) shall be invited or allowed to participate in International ice skating Competitions including ISU Championships and other ISU Events. The same applies to Officials listed in the respective ISU Communications and/or Regulations under Russia and Belarus," the statement reads.

The ban applies to figure skating, short track, and speed skating. Russian athletes will not perform at the ISU World Speed Skating Championships, held March 3-6 in Norway, the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Montreal (March 18-20), and the World Figure Skating Championships in Montpelier (March 21-27).