Germany’s fencing federation has canceled a girls’s foil World Cup occasion after the game’s world governing physique (FIE) reversed a ban on athletes from Russia and its ally Belarus, it mentioned on Thursday.

Athletes from the 2 international locations had been banned from many worldwide competitions after Russia invaded Ukraine final February in what Moscow calls a “particular navy operation.”

Greater than 60% of countries voted to permit Russians and Belarusians to renew competing in FIE occasions finally week’s extraordinary congress.

German federation (DFB) President Claudia Bokel, a group epee silver medallist on the 2004 Olympics, mentioned the choice had triggered “heated discussions.”

“Our solidarity goes to the folks of Ukraine who’re affected by the conflict of aggression,” Bokel mentioned. “The German Fencing Federation accepts final Friday’s choice.

“We now wish to give a transparent sign that we’d have appreciated a distinct end result and that we nonetheless see a lot of open implementation questions from the world federation, which make it inconceivable to hold out the match.”

The competitors was scheduled for Might 5-7 in Tauberbischofsheim. Fencing’s qualifying course of for subsequent 12 months’s Paris Olympics is because of start in April.

Russian Fencing Federation President Ilgar Mammadov mentioned he was not shocked by the DFB’s choice.

“This isn’t the primary nation, others will refuse,” Mammadov, a double Olympic gold medallist in group foil, was quoted as saying by Russian information company TASS. “I cannot criticize my colleagues.

“After all, we anticipated such selections. These international locations that can’t maintain competitions on equal phrases won’t maintain them. There will likely be others, they’re in massive numbers.”

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