MOSCOW, April 16. /TASS/. The International Skating Union (ISU) may strip Russia of its right to host a figure skating Grand Prix in season 2022/23, if national federations of other countries approve the move, the organization said in a letter obtained by TASS on Friday.
The 2022/23 figure skating Grand Prix season begins in the United States on October 21. The Russian Grand Prix is scheduled for November 25-27.
By April 18, national federations are to give their response on whether the event in Russia should be allowed to take place.
Besides, ISU resolved to specify the notion of "protective measures," allowing to suspend membership of national federations. If those amendments are approved, Russia and Belarus will lose their right to host international competitions.
On February 28, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued recommendations to international sports federations to bar athletes from Russia and Belarus from taking part in international tournaments citing the ongoing situation involving Russia in Ukraine.
Following the IOC recommendations, the majority of global sports federations decided to bar athletes from Russia and Belarus from all international sports tournaments. On March 1, the International Skating Union (ISU) announced a decision to provisionally suspend all athletes from Russia and Belarus. The suspension was enforced in regard to figure skating, speed skating and short-track speed skating competitions.