Orienteering USA supports the recently announced IOF suspensions of the Russian and Belarusian member federations due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. At a special Board meeting held on March 21st, 2022, the Orienteering USA Board adopted the following policy to clarify how these suspensions will affect participation in events sanctioned by Orienteering USA.
Whereas the IOF has suspended the RUS and BLR federations, OUSA adopts the following policy:
1. Participation in OUSA-sanctioned NREs representing Russia and Belarus – the nations, their orienteering federations, and/or clubs affiliated with those federations – is not permitted.
2. Participants displaying symbols that identify them with the states of Russia or Belarus, the Russian or Belarusian Orienteering Federation, or one of their affiliated clubs are subject to disqualification.
3. This policy shall be automatically revoked with respect to each federation if and when the IOF restores the full membership rights of that federation.
Approved March 21, 2022
A copy of this policy can be found in the OUSA Library. The IOF has also published this FAQ concerning the suspensions.