FINA bans Russian, Belarusian athletes from World Aquatics Championships

FINA has banned Russian and Belarusian athletes including officials from this year’s world championship in Budapest following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

On Wednesday, the Swimming’s Global governing body said that FINA has banned Russian and Belarusian athletes from World Championship 2022. The following restrictions apply to the officials as well which will hold in Budapest.

FINA also had called off the World Junior Swimming Championship last month, scheduled to take place in the Southwestern Russian city of Kazan.

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Today the FINA Bureau met and confirmed that Officials including the athletes from Belarus and Russia will not be participating in the upcoming 19th FINA World Championships 2022 at Budapest. Following these decisions, FINA was informed by the Swimming Federation of Russia of the withdrawal of every Russian aquatic athlete. From all the events of FINA for the rest of this year.

The FINA Bureau also decided to cast out the hosting of the FINA aquatic world championship 2022 from Kazan. The scheduled dates of December 17 to 22 will be maintained.  FINA is also currently in discussions with potential hosts to take over the following event.

Separately, the Executive of FINA confirmed that a procedure against Russian Swimmer Evgeny Rylov has been opened by the FINA Disciplinary Panel. For a potential violation of the rules of FINA, following Rylov’s alleged participation in a pro-war rally. At the Luzhniki Stadium of Moscow, Russia. The Executive of FINA has requested the Panel’s proceedings be expedited.