The Belarusian skiing federation has been embroiled in controversy following the decision by its chairman, Aliaksandr Darakhovich, to exclude two athletes from international competitions. The move has been widely criticized as a form of repression against those who have spoken out against the government's actions following the disputed presidential election in 2020.
Darya Dolidovich and Sviatlana Andryiuk were named specifically by Darakhovich as being unwelcome at international competitions. It is believed that this decision was based on the fact that Darya's father, Sergey Dolidovich, a former cross-country skier, has been an outspoken critic of the government's actions, and that Andryiuk has been critical of the government's handling of the election result.
Such actions are not only morally reprehensible but also damaging to the sport as a whole.