A member of Norway’s Olympic and Paralympic Committee has resigned over the competition ban imposed on Russian and Belarusian athletes
A Norwegian Olympic boss has resigned © Fred Lee / Getty Images
A board member of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports has said he is standing up for his Russian colleagues by resigning following the decision to ban athletes from competition because of the attack on Ukraine.
Former national champion cross-country skier and ski orienteer Oyvind Watterdal does not want to be associated with the move to ban Russians and Belarusians following an appeal by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to leaders across sports.
Less than a week after the conflict began, the IOC publicly asked sports to ban athletes from the countries in order to “protect the integrity” of competitions and ensure athlete safety.
Russian athletes were told they could not compete at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games a day before the event started after the International Paralympic Committee changed its mind on allowing them to take part.