The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is suspending the membership of its Russian member due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
The Council of the International Orienteering Federation decided today at an extraordinary meeting of the Council to immediately suspend the membership of the Russian Orienteering Federation. The suspension of the Russian member federation is for an indefinite period and means the following.
- Russian Orienteering athletes, in all IOF disciplines, will not be allowed to participate in IOF events. Athletes will also not be permitted to participate as neutral athletes. This decision has an immediate effect on the World Ski Orienteering Championships, the Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships and the European Youth Ski Orienteering Championships to be held in Finland from 14 to 20 March 2022.
- All rights to organize IOF events and activities are canceled for the duration of the suspension. There are currently no IOF championships or major events scheduled in Russia, but the decision means that all World Ranking events and World Orienteering Day activities will have their IOF recognition removed.
- Russian members appointed to official IOF commissions and bodies are suspended from their work for the duration of the suspension.
These additional measures are taken following discussions within the IOF Council and are supported by statements made by a number of IOF Member Federations. They are in addition to the support previously expressed by the IOF for the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) published on February 25. Decisions are made in accordance with the IOF Statutes and Code of Ethics.
In addition, the IOF Council will discuss the conditions for a possible suspension of the member federation in Belarus.
The IOF is also seeking the support of other international sports federations and asking them to consider applying similar measures. The IOF is committed to working to positively reinforce the values of sport through its engagement with stakeholder organisations.
IOF President Leho Haldna – We want to express our solidarity with the Ukrainian Orienteering Federation and our support for all orienteering athletes in Ukraine. Council decisions are taken to defend the values of the IOF which are at the heart of our sport and we believe that the situation compels us to take these extraordinary decisions in favor of peace.
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