AusCycling: No Russia, Belarus teams permitted at Road Worlds at this stage

Russian riders on the course of the 2021 World Championships in Belgium
Russian riders on the course of the 2021 World Championships in Belgium (Image credit: Getty Images)

In response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) have in the last 24 hours urged international sports federations to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes. 

AusCycling has come out in support of these decisions, with the governing body saying that at this stage no Russian or Belarusian national teams would be permitted to compete in the UCI Road World Championships due to be held in Wollongong in September. The UCI has still to react to the IOC decision and rule on the future of the Russian Gazprom-RusVelo team and other Russian athletes.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.