UCI Administration Committee member Igor Makarov is amongst fourteen “elites and close associates of the Russian regime” who have been sanctioned by the Canadian governing administration in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
On Tuesday, the Canadian government placed Makarov on a record that also included the governor of the Russian central bank and two of Vladimir Putin’s daughters, stating that they are getting sanctioned “for their complicity in Russia’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.“
Makarov, who was the founder of Swiss biking group Katusha and a former professional bike owner himself, has been a member of the UCI Administration Committee given that 2011 and has been a powerbroker in current UCI elections. His business Areti (earlier Itera) has sponsored the European Cycling Union in the earlier. He is now the honorary president of the Russian biking federation.
Makarov’s organizations are a significant shareholder in the Calgary-centered electricity producer Spartan Delta Corp.
It has also emerged that Makarov was sanctioned earlier this month by the Australian authorities, who put him on a listing of “Designated Persons and Entities and Declared Persons—Russia and Ukraine.“
The Australian federal government described the 149 people today on the listing as staying “accountable for, or complicit in, the danger to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” The sanctions contain a journey ban, which would preclude Makarov from attending the UCI Congress and Environment Championships in Wollongong in September.
Subsequent the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the UCI suspended all Russian and Belarusian teams with fast influence, which led to the demise of the Gazprom-Rusvelo Professional Continental group.
But while non-Russian Gazprom-Rusvelo riders have been remaining without a work as a end result of the UCI conclusion, Makarov proceeds to be detailed as a member of the Administration Committee on the governing body’s web-site.
Cyclingnews has contacted the UCI looking for confirmation of Makarov’s status. UCI spokespeople have previously declined to reply to any issues from Cyclingnews regarding Makarov because the commencing of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.