MINSK, 4 May (BelTA) - The Management Committee of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) took a number of decisions to approve the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus in the UCI events as neutral individual athletes, BelTA learned from the UCI official website.
“The UCI has decided to authorize, under strict conditions, the participation of athletes of Russian and Belarusian sporting nationality in events on the UCI International Calendar, including UCI World Cup and UCI Nations Cup events and UCI World Championships, as neutral individual athletes, without them having any involvement or association with the Russian Federation or the Republic of Belarus, their National Federation or National Olympic Committee. The possibility of participating in international competitions as a neutral individual athlete will become effective from 1 June. To be allowed to the competitions Belarusian and Russian athletes should have no contractual or other link with the army of the Russian Federation or the Republic of Belarus, or with any state security agency, and have no flags, emblems, anthems or any other symbols of the Russian Federation or the Republic of Belarus,” the organization said.
The UCI Management Committee maintained the sanctions enacted on 1 March 2022 to ban any participation of national teams composed of riders of Russian and Belarusian sporting nationality in events on the UCI International Calendar and ban the registration of any event taking place on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus on the UCI International Calendar.