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Cross-Norway Ski Association bans athletes from Russia, Belarus

A view of the Holmenkollen ski hill lit up with the colors of the Ukrainian flag in Oslo
A view of the Holmenkollen ski hill lit up with the colors of the Ukrainian flag in Oslo, Norway February 28, 2022. Photo taken February 28, 2022. Terje Pedersen / NTB / via REUTERS

March 1, 2022

(Reuters) – Russian and Belarusian skiers will not be allowed to participate in this weekend’s competitions in Norway, the Norwegian Ski Association said on Tuesday.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) canceled their remaining events in Russia due to the Ukraine invasion but stopped short of banning Russian athletes from competing.

Drivers who went to compete in Drammen and Holmenkollen this weekend will not be allowed to participate.

“The Norwegian Ski Association has today informed the International Ski Federation (FIS) that upcoming events in Norway will be carried out without the participation of Russia and Belarus, regardless of whether the FIS will come to any conclusion,” the Norwegian agency said in a statement.

The Norwegians said they had decided on Saturday that they did not want Russian or Belarusian athletes to participate in their events.

“We had hoped that the FIS would make that decision on behalf of the sport as a whole, but now the Ski Association cannot wait any longer,” said president Erik Rosete.

(Reporting by Philip O’Connor, editing by Ed Osmond)

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