WMA sanctions Russia and Belarus

World Masters Athletics sanctions Russia and Belarus.-
The World Masters Athletics (WMA) Executive Council has agreed today unanimously to follow World Athletics (WA) in its decision to impose sanctions against the Member Federations of Russia and Belarus as a consequence of the invasion of Ukraine. Sport must be united against this conflict.
WMA Council fully agrees with WA President Sebastian Coe when he says “Anyone who knows me will understand that imposing sanctions on athletes because of the actions of their government goes against the grain. I have railed against the practice of politicians targeting athletes and sport to make political points when other sectors continue about their business. This is different as governments, business and other international organisations have imposed sanctions and measures against Russia across all sectors. Sport has to step up and join these efforts to end this war and restore peace. We cannot and should not sit this one out.”
This decision means that, effective immediately, all athletes, support personnel and officials from Russia and Belarus will be excluded from all World Masters Athletics events for the foreseeable future.
The decision includes World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships Muscat 2022, which begins on Friday in Oman (4 March), Tampere World Championships in June 2022 and Regional European Championships.
Registrations for Russian athletes who have already registered for the WMA Championships will be put into a suspended status. If World Athletics reinstates Russia, then WMA will follow this decision, and these registrations will be reactivated.