Norway threatens World Cup boycott

The Norwegian Swimming Federation does not send athletes to the World Swimming Championships in Budapest if the International Swimming Federation (Fina) allows Russian and Belarusian participants.

This was decided at the board meeting of the Norwegian Swimming Association on 10 March.

Sweden is one of several other nations that have signaled that they will not send any athletes unless Fina turns to the question of who is allowed to participate.

Fina has so far refused to exclude Russians and Belarusians from the championship in the Hungarian capital from June 18 to July 3.

– This was up at our board meeting on March 10. We are in the process of working out a joint Nordic declaration, says the president of the Norwegian Swimming Association, Cato Bratbakk, to NTB.

The decision is final unless Fina changes its position on the participation from Russia and Belarus.

– Then Norway will not field any athletes for the World Cup. This is a consequence of the Russian aggression against Ukraine. Like our Nordic neighbors, we want Fina to change its position. We feel that we have an understanding of this from our practitioners. We believe and hope that Fina understands our attitude, and that there is no viable way to drive the passive attitude they have been on so far, says swimming president Bratbakk.


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