The Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has suspended the Russian and Belarusian motorcycle federations, events, riders and teams in a united stance against the current situation in Ukraine.

The FIM Board of Directors have announced a decision unanimously taken at a meeting on March 5, 2022 to match other major sporting governing bodies and organisations in relation to the situation in Ukraine.

Having considered decisions by among others the International Olympic Committee, the Board of Directors has unanimously condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and with immediate effect the following actions are in force until further notice:

  • To suspend, for the Motorcycle Federation of Russia (MFR) and the Belarusian Federation of Motorcycle Sport (BFMS), the issuance of FIM licences and the FIM licences already distributed. To suspend the functions of persons from MFR and BFMS acting as FIM Officials and as Commissions members/experts/agents of the FIM. As a result, no Russian and Belarusian riders, teams and officials can take part in any FIM Events and activities.
  • To suspend the registration of and to cancel all FIM Events such as FIM International Meetings, FIM World Championships and FIM Prize Events taking place in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine and, if applicable, to relocate these FIM Events to another country.
  • To interrupt any other FIM activities including but not limited to seminars, commissions meetings, training camps taking place in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

The FIM Board of Directors has also recommended “all Affiliated Members and Continental Unions apply these measures at the national and continental levels”. That is already the case with the FIME and to Enduro21’s knowledge many national governing bodies of motorcycle sport.

The FIM President, Jorge Viegas added: “We stand in sympathy and solidarity with all those suffering, as a result of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, and remain in close contact with our affiliate member in Ukraine (FMU).

“I would like to thank the FIM Board of Directors members in deciding these measures in the interests of sport and peace. The FIM, together with its promoters and organisers, already acted on this matter and cancelled the FIM competitions scheduled in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

“The decisions announced today are in line with the recommendations and statements made by the International Olympic Committee, adapted to suit our sport. The FIM family is watching the developments in Ukraine with great sadness and hope for a prompt and peaceful resolution.”