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FINA has banned Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from this year’s world championships in Budapest following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the world swimming governing body announced on Wednesday.
FINA last month canceled the world junior swimming championships due to take place in the city of Kazan, in southwestern Russia.
“The FINA Bureau met today and confirmed that athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus will not participate in the upcoming 19th FINA World Championships Budapest 2022,” it said in a statement.
“Following these decisions, FINA has been informed by the Russian Swimming Federation of the withdrawal of all Russian aquatic athletes from all FINA events for the remainder of this year.
“The FINA Bureau has also decided to discontinue the hosting of the 2022 FINA World Swimming Championships in Kazan. The scheduled dates of December 17-22, 2022 will be maintained, and FINA is currently in discussions with potential hosts to resume the event.”
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”. Belarus has been a key staging area for Russian troops.
FINA added that its disciplinary committee has opened proceedings against two-time Russian Olympic champion Evgeny Rylov for a potential violation of its rules.
Rylov, who won gold in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics last year, lost his sponsorship deal with swimwear maker Speedo after attending a rally hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week.
Earlier on Wednesday, Rylov pulled out of this year’s world championships to support athletes banned from competing under the Russian flag.
FINA previously said Russian and Belarusian athletes could only compete as neutral athletes or neutral teams.
“In support of Russian Paralympians, in support of all Russian athletes who have been pulled from international competition, I refuse to go to the world championships this summer,” Rylov wrote on Instagram.
“I believe that by losing the competition, the development of the sport is lost. As sad as it may seem, the sport cannot evolve without decent competitors.”
This year’s world swimming championships, originally scheduled for Fukuoka, Japan, will take place from June 18 to July 3 in Budapest.



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