The board of the Norwegian Ski Association has decided that Norway will not participate in the World Cup in jumping and cross-country skiing that is to be held in Russia in March.
The Norwegian Ski Association announced the news in a press release on Friday. It asked the International Ski Federation (FIS) to cancel or postpone the planned ski runs in Russia.
As clearly communicated yesterday, Norway has requested that all competitions in Russia be canceled/moved. It is an important signal from the FIS that this (the war in Ukraine) is bigger than sport and that sport can not be neutral in such a situation.
“In any case, it would be completely unthinkable for the Norwegian Ski Association to send athletes to competitions in Russia as the situation is now,” Erik Røste stated, adding that he thinks that cross-country skiing cannot take place in a country that is inflicting great suffering on other nations through the use of weapons and invasion.
“I have repeated my message to the FIS today… The safety of the athletes will always be the most important thing, and we will not send any athletes to participate in Russia,” Røste noted.
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