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Ukraine Federation calls for FIA ban on Russia, Belarus

AUSTIN, TEXAS – OCTOBER 23: Nikita Mazepin of Russia and Haas F1 walks in the Pitlane during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The Ukraine Motorsport Federation has asked the FIA to ban Russian and Belarussian license holders, including Nikita Mazepin.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted sports organizations to ban the country from different events, including the Formula 1 Grand Prix, and different sanctions from FIFA, FIM, and others.

Now, the Ukrainian motorsports federation is asking the FIA to place a ban on Russian and Belarussian license holders and championships. This means that, should the FIA adopt the measure, it would directly impact Nikita Mazepin, whose dad, an Oligarch from Uralkali, has ties to Vladimir Putin.

In response to the Ukrainian federation, the FIA said it would prepare “possible measures of support from the FIA for the postwar period, when all state resources will be directed to recovery.”

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem wrote to the Automobile Federation of Ukraine to offer his “full support and the support of the FIA” following Russia’s invasion.

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