Friday, October 7, 2022

CMAS Bans Russian, Belarusian Athletes From Freediving Competitions


The World Underwater Federation has decided to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in CMAS-sanctioned freediving events, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a statement released March 6th, CMAS said:

“CMAS has deeply rooted values that are shared by all its members and athletes and strongly believes in promoting Fair Play, Peace, Solidarity and Protection of species worldwide.”

Consequently, CMAS’s board of directors has decided the following:

* “In the name of Fair Play to suspend Russian and Belarus athletes and officials from participating in CMAS sporting events, given the incapacity of Ukrainian athletes to take part.

* “In the name of CMAS value of solidarity CMAS will not issue diving certificates to Russian and Belarusian federations.

* “To avoid the promotion of Russia and Belarus, by:

– “Removing Flags from communication tools
– “Not holding CMAS events in Russia and Belarus
– “Suspending relations with the Russian and Belarusian media
– “Prohibiting Russian and Belarusian companies from sponsoring CMAS events.”

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.