Following a massive escalation of the Russian
military invasion of Ukraine, the International
Gymnastics Federation, (FIG) has suspended
Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials,
including judges from taking part in FIG
competitions or FIG-sanctioned competitions from
7th March until further notice.
With this, athletes and officials from these
federations will not participate in the Acrobatic
Gymnastics World Championships in Baku,
Azerbaijan from 10 to 13th March 2022.
FIG in a press statement said the sanction followed
its Executive Council meeting which took into
account the latest position of the Olympics
Committee (IOC), the stance of the FIG Athletes’
Commission and the deep concern and positions
expressed by many National Gymnastics
Federations across the world.
“The FIG would like to stress that these exceptional
and emergency measures are decided and issued in
view of the above-mentioned extraordinary
“They constitute preventive measures aiming at
preserving the integrity of Gymnastics, the safety
and integrity of members and all athletes and
participants, and at fighting against all forms of
violence and of sports injustice.
“Russian and Belarusian nationals who are
members of the FIG Executive Committee or of the
FIG Technical Committees are not affected by this
measure when acting in their capacity as FIG
Authorities”, the statement said.
The statement assured that the Executive
Committee will continue to monitor the situation
closely and may further adapt these exceptional
measures according to future developments.