Russian skateboarders were allowed to participate in tournaments in a neutral status
MOSCOW, September 14 – The International Skateboarding Federation (World Skate) has admitted Russian and Belarusian athletes to international competitions in a neutral status, the official website of the organization reports.
It is reported that athletes will have the right to participate in competitions under the auspices of World Skate from January 1, 2024 in the status of “individual neutral athletes”.
It is also noted that the participation of Russians and Belarusians in tournaments will be regulated by special criteria and rules aimed at ensuring strict compliance with neutrality requirements. The rules, based on recommendations from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive committee, will be announced in the coming weeks. An athlete wishing to become an “Individual Neutral Athlete” will need to submit an application to World Skate in accordance with the above criteria.
On March 28, the IOC Executive Committee recommended that international federations allow Russians who did not support the special operation to compete as neutral athletes. At the same time, the organization proposes not to allow athletes associated with the armed forces and security agencies to participate in competitions. It was also decided that teams from Russia and Belarus cannot be considered as participants in international competitions.
Skateboarding made its Olympic debut at the 2021 Tokyo Games.