International Skating Union bans Russia and Belarus from competitions
Driving the news: "The ISU Council reiterates its solidarity with all those affected by the conflict in Ukraine and our thoughts are with the entire Ukrainian people and country," the ISU said in a statement.
- No athletes from Russia or Belarus, a Russian ally, "shall be invited or allowed to participate" in international ice skating competitions "until further notice," the ISU said.
- The decision means Olympic champion Anna Shcherbakova and teammate Kamila Valieva, who was at the center of a doping scandal at the Winter Olympics, will not be able to compete in the world figure skating championships scheduled for later this month.
The big picture: The announcement comes one day after Russia was banned from competing in soccer and ice hockey competitions, and follows a slew of boycotts and condemnation by sports organizations in response to Russia's attack on Ukraine.