European Rowing Say “Njet” to Russian and Belarusian Rowers

5 March 2022

By Göran R Buckhorn

European Rowing will not permit the participation of Russian and Belarusian rowers and officials in upcoming regattas.

European Rowing follows World Rowing to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials in its competitions until further notice as recommended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 28 February.

European Rowing published the following on World Rowing website:

European Rowing strongly condemns the military invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing violation of the Olympic Truce by the Russian state. We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, in particular the Ukrainian rowing family, during this international crisis. The European Rowing Board has written to the Ukrainian Rowing Federation on behalf of the European Rowing family, to express our concern for their safety and the safety of their athletes, athlete entourage, officials and families, and our utter abhorrence of this violation of their country.

European Rowing has notified Russia and Belarus that the European Championships in Russia in 2023 and in Belarus in 2024 have been put on hold. These events will be kept under review as long as the war in Ukraine continues. More information will be published in due course.

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