Are Russian and Belarusian athletes returning to competition? – World Triathlon responds

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The World Triathlon Executive Board has approved its support, in principle, for the IOC’s recommendation of a return to competition of athletes with Russian and Belarusian passports in international competitions and the lifting of the suspension applied to the countries’ participations in World Triathlon events at the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Sanctions were put in place at the start of March 2022 following the recommendation by the IOC and the principles of the Olympic Charter to guarantee the safety of all athletes participating in World Triathlon events.

In principle, World Triathlon supports the development of a pathway for independent neutral individual Athletes and Officials with Russian and Belarusian passports to participate in our sports. World Triathlon will in consultation with the IOC and ASOIF work towards developing the necessary independent review processes to allow and plan for the return of these individuals to our competitions and events.

The Executive Board reaffirms its solidarity with Ukraine in the face of the ongoing war with Russia, and that the independence of any athlete or official was an absolute condition of their returning to a World Triathlon event.