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Guliyev Hopes for Quick Return of Russians: ISU Statement

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Moscow, March 2 – Speaking about the recent personal meeting with the President of the International Skating Union (ISU) Kim Jae-il, President of the Russian Skating Federation Nikolai Gulyaev, in which he expressed the hope that Russian athletes will be able to return to international competitions in the near future.
On Wednesday, Heerenveen (Netherlands) hosted an ISU conference. Gulyaev and ISU board member Alexander Kibalko participated in it.
“The congress is the second most important organizational and technical event of the ISU, and it takes place in years when there is no ISU congress. It does not make global decisions. But proposals for improving the conduct of competitions, new formats of events, changes in the rules are discussed here. Russia is a full-fledged participant At the congress ISU. Without any restrictions and nuances, we worked at meetings, expressing opinions – despite the current general situation in the international sports movement. Both in public and in personal contacts, delegates from all countries are correct and loyal. ”

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In March 2022, the ISU Council, against the background of events in Ukraine, suspended Russian and Belarusian figure skaters, speed skaters and short track skaters from participating in international tournaments. In June, the ISU Congress approved this decision, which is effective until further notice. On January 25, the IOC Executive Committee called for the return of Russian and Belarusian athletes to international competitions in a neutral position, while proposing that athletes who actively supported the special operation not be allowed into Ukraine.

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