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The International Blind Sports Federation made its decision in agreement with the International Paralympic Committee

Russian and Belarusian athletes have been banned from competitions by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA), which announced a “very difficult and painful decision” Wednesday.

IBSA confirmed the development through a statement on its official website written by President Sandro Di Girolamo.

“With reference to decisions issued by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and based on official decisions taken by other International Federations, we hereby inform our members that the IBSA Board of Directors has decided to suspend the national representatives of Russia and Belarus from all international events organized under the aegis of IBSA.

“It was a very difficult and painful decision because it inevitably penalizes athletes who have no direct responsibility in the current international situation,” he added. Di Girolamo conceded.

“But at the same time that we have to give political and strategic direction, we want to show our closeness to the Ukrainian people and condemn all forms of violence and war. Clearly, we want to reverse this decision as soon as the situation allows it. this,” finished the president.


The IBSA is the latest federation to ban Russian athletes following an International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendation made in response to the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

While the ban follows the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) decision not to allow Russian athletes to compete in the Paralympic Games in Beijing earlier this month, IBSA’s own restrictions come into effect in time. for the Prague Showdown Cup on the table at the end of March.

Visually impaired Russian athletes are hoping for a resolution to the situation ahead of the IBSA World Games in Birmingham next August, which are regularly the world’s largest gathering of visually impaired athletes.

In 2022, however, Russian athletes are set to miss the men’s and women’s European football championships blind, in the same way that the men’s and women’s national football teams also look set to be barred from major competitions. given FIFA and UEFA bans.

Although the Russian Football Union (RFU) appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to overturn the bans, UEFA’s decision was provisionally upheld, although a ruling on whether Russia can continue to participate in the qualifying play-offs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. is still under discussion.

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