FIM Suspends Russian and Belarusian Athletes & Officials

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The FIM has made the decision to condemn publicly the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and as a result of that condemnation, Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials will no longer be able to participate in FIM-sanctioned motorcycle events.

The FIM is also canceling any FIM events, meetings, or races taking place in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, and if applicable, relocating them to another country.

Lastly, the FIM is also recommending that all of its affiliated members and continental unions, like MotoAmerica, take similar measures in barring Russian and Belarusian riders from racing at their events.

“We stand in sympathy and solidarity with all those suffering, as a result of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, and remain in close contact with our affiliate member in Ukraine (FMU),” said FIM President, Jorge Viegas. “I would like to thank the FIM Board of Directors members in deciding these measures in the interests of sport and peace.”

“The FIM, together with its promoters and organizers, already acted on this matter and cancelled the FIM competitions scheduled in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.”

“The decisions announced today are in line with the recommendations and statements made by the International Olympic Committee, adapted to suit our sport.”

“The FIM family is watching the developments in Ukraine with great sadness and hope for a prompt and peaceful resolution.”

Source: FIM