A series of freedivers are calling on AIDA to assist a vote over whether to permit Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete in freediving competitions under no flag.
In March, in accordance to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, 17 countries voted in prefer of battling Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in AIDA freediving competitions, while 14 countries voted against it.
This week, though, a community of AIDA instructors, athletes, and judges said they had sent a letter to the AIDA Meeting to deem about whether to permit Russian/Belarusian athletes and judges to participate under no flag.
The letter, posted on AIDA’s Facebook Neighborhood, provides:
“Below statute 9.4 if 20% agree then this vote will likely be proposed and the assembly can all then vote on this subject. It’s miles our working out that the next nationals private agreed to this:
“And therefore the 20% of the assembly private agreed. We are therefore inquiring for a vote to deem about Russian and Belarusian athletes/judges so that you would possibly maybe dive/derive under no flag.”
The ensuing comments to that put up private ranged from supporting the ban on Russian/Belarusian athletes to calling for no longer bringing politics into sport.
Take a look at out the put up here.
John Liang is the Records Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first bought the diving bug while in High Faculty in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Start Water Diver certification in the Purple Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Flee of Costa Rica, and varied locations including a pool in Las Vegas serving to to interrupt the world account for the largest underwater press convention.