The FIA has revealed a new code of conduct that Russian and Belarusian drivers must adhere to until further notice – but stopped short of issuing an outright ban.
The world’s governing body for motorsport has been heavily criticised for not implementing a complete ban on all Russian and Belarusian athletes, as recommended by the International Olympic Committee, in the wake of Russia’s invasion – aided by Belarus – against Ukraine.
The governing motorsport bodies from individual countries have taken a stronger stance than the FIA themselves, with the likes of the UK, Sweden and Finland issuing complete bans.
But, on Friday morning, the FIA issued two new statements. The first confirming their decision that Russian and Belarusian drivers are still allowed to compete under a neutral FIA flag and the second was a ‘driver commitment’ form which all Russian and Belarusian drivers must now agree to and sign.
FIA published circular-Emergency measures due to Russian invasion of Ukraine & Driver Commitmenthttps://t.co/PelcHFZbFe
— FIA (@fia) March 4, 2022
The key terms are:
- The display of Russian/Belarusian national symbols, colours or flags are banned in public and also on all social media platforms.
- Russian/Belarusian flags, emblems, symbols, and words linked to the respective countries are banned from display on uniforms, clothing, accessories and other personal items.
- The playing or singing of the Russian/Belarusian national anthem at any event or area controlled by the FIA is banned.
- Comments, actions or conduct that are in any way seen as support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, is banned.
While the FIA has not moved on its current stance regarding Russian and Belarusian drivers, it has not ruled out taking further action in future.
A statement read: ‘The FIA continues to carefully monitor the events in Ukraine and reserves the right to take any further actions or implement further measures in the future, including any necessary actions required to comply with its obligations under any applicable sanctions regime and/or any contracts to which the FIA is a party.’
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