The International Skating Union (ISU) on Tuesday suspended Russian and Belarusian skaters from participating in all international ice skating competitions, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, APA reports citing CNN.
Skaters will be banned from participating in ISU championships and other events, the ISU said in a statement.
“The ISU Council reaffirms its full solidarity with the ISU Members in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Speed Skating Federation, and the Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation," the statement said. "The ISU Council will evaluate possibilities for swift humanitarian assistance to its Ukrainian ISU Members."
The same rules will apply to “officials listed in the respective ISU Communications and/or regulations under Russia and Belarus," according to the statement.
The governing body said the suspension will come into immediate effect and will remain in place until further notice.
"The ISU Council will continue to closely monitor the situation in Ukraine and its impact on the ISU activity and will take additional steps if and when required.”