Russian athletes remain barred from track and field for “foreseeable future”, World Athletics chief Lord Coe says | Athletics News
World Athletics president Lord Coe says Russian and Belarusian athletes will remain barred due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine; the International Olympic Committee has previously spoken about finding a way for those athletes to compete at Paris 2023
Last Updated: 23/03/23 5:34pm
Russian athletes will remain barred from track and field “for the foreseeable future” because of the country’s invasion of Ukraine, World Athletics president Lord Coe has said.
The International Olympic Committee is exploring a pathway for Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as neutrals at next year’s Olympic Games in Paris.
However, it appears likely they will not be able to feature in athletics – arguably the highest-profile Olympic sport.
Coe told a press conference: “The World Athletics Council approved to continue to exclude Russian and Belarus athletes from all World Series events for the foreseeable future due to the invasion and ongoing war in Ukraine.”
The World Athletics Council has also decided to exclude transgender women from female events.
Coe added: “The World Athletics Council has today taken decisive action to protect the female category in our sport and do so by restricting the participation of trans athletes.”