Russia, Belarus athletes formally banned from multi-sport European Championships

Organizers of the August 11-21 championships in Munich, Germany, said they supported decisions by officials from the nine individual sports not to invite Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials.

Published: 17th March 2022 12:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th March 2022 12:41 PM   |  A+A-

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By Associated Press

MUNICH: Athletes from Russia and Belarus were formally banned from the multi-sport European Championships in August. Organizers of the August 11-21 championships in Munich, Germany, said they supported decisions by officials from the nine individual sports not to invite Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials.

They have followed guidance from the International Olympic Committee. "We are united in our condemnation of Russia's war on Ukraine," organizing committee chairman Libor Varhaník said. The sports are canoeing, cycling, gymnastics, rowing, sport climbing, table tennis, track and field, triathlon and volleyball.

Though swimming is an exception among Olympic sports in trying to let Russians continue competing, it is not part of the collective European Championships format launched in 2018.



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