The FIS described Vyalbe’s statement about the impossibility of the Russians’ return as an assumption.
MOSCOW, September 30 – RIA Novosti, Andrey Simonenko. It was based on the statement by Elena Vyalbe, President of the Russian Ski Racing Federation (FLGR), that the issue of Russian skiers’ performance in international tournaments with neutral status “actually removed” from the agenda of the International Ski Federation (FIS). On the assumptions, RIA Novosti was told in the press service organizations.
Earlier, Vyalbe, who is currently at the FIS meeting in Zurich, said, through a video link of a Sports Power forum as part of Russia, at a meeting with the leadership of the organization, that he was given the understanding after the announcement of partial mobilization. In the referendums held in Russia and in the DPR, LPR, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, the issue of granting neutral status to Russian athletes was de facto removed from the FIS agenda.
The FIS suspended Russian and Belarusian athletes from international competitions due to events in Ukraine at the end of February. As long as the resolution remains in effect, it is open-ended and will be reviewed by the FIS Council on 22 October. Earlier, FIS Secretary General Michel Vion said that the organization is considering the possibility of allowing Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete under a neutral flag.
Partial mobilization has been declared in Russia since September 21, by decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, it is necessary to control the 1000-kilometer line of contact and liberated areas in Ukraine. During the mobilization, a total of 300,000 reservists will be called in, which is just over 1% of the total mobilization resource of the Russian Federation.