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ACI: the sports license of the Russian driver Artem Severiukhin has been withdrawn
13 April 2022

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While the extraordinary meeting of the Sports Council of the Automobile Club of Italy - called to take urgent measures following the unspeakable and unacceptable gesture of the Russian kart driver Artem Severiukhin, on the podium of the European junior karting race in Portimao (Portugal) - is still in progress, it is learned that the same council decided to immediately withdraw Severiukhin's sports license and, at the same time, referred it to the sports Justice so that it can evaluate the definition of further sanctions that fall within its sphere of competence.

Unavoidable measures, since, with his reckless gesture, Severiukhin has shown a lack of respect not only for the universal values ​​that have always inspired every sport, but also for humanity, dignity and civil coexistence.

Severiukhin had obtained the Italian license, as required by the FIA ​​regulations (the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), which leave young drivers of all nationalities the widest freedom of movement among the international Federations, to allow them to grow professionally in those Countries - such as Italy - that have a great tradition in terms of training in motorsport and introducing drivers to professionalism.

Our country, in particular, has always been the most important in the world as regards the practice of karting, as evidenced by the fact that in 2021 alone 355 foreign drivers, of the most varied nationalities, obtained the Italian sports license for this discipline.

Press Release © ACI Sport

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