The athletes accuse governing body World Athletics of violating its own charter
World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe. © Adam Nurkiewicz / Getty Images
Dozens of Russian athletes have penned a letter to the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) demanding that it delivers an ultimatum to World Athletics over them being allowed to compete in the 2022 season.
Following an International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendation, World Athletics banned “all athletes, support personnel and officials from Russia and Belarus” from “all World Athletics Series events for the foreseeable future with immediate effect” as a reaction to Russia’s military operation in Ukraine.
In response to the development, at least 44 Russian athletes have demanded that RusAF contacts the global governing body to ensure they are reinstated.
“We ask you to send to the President of World Athletics Sebastian Coe the position of the Russian side that by depriving our athletes to compete in the international season of 2022 (one-day tournaments and official tournaments), the organization violates the provisions of its own Charter,” read the letter seen by Match TV.
“We urge WA [World Athletics] to act within the framework of the Charter, eliminating bias and any political bias in decision-making,” the letter continued.