The Russian Luge Federation is expected to pay its membership fee to the FIL before the start of the new season ©Getty Images

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Biathlon Union (IBU) have joined the International Luge Federation (FIL) in asking the respective Russian National Federations to pay its dues despite banning the country’s athletes.

The FIL Executive Board in September decided to ban Russian athletes from all sanctioned events but expects the Russian Luge Federation (FSSR) to pay its membership fee.

"We assume that the Russian Federation as a full member of the FIL will pay the membership fee, as in all previous years," a FIL spokesperson told Russia’s official state news agency TASS.

"The invoices for the FIL membership fee for the 2022-2023 season will only go to the national member federations in the next few days.

"They have not been sent yet.

"The membership fee is €100 (£86/$100) per nation/member."

FSSR executive director Stanislav Tyurin told TASS that the organisation will make the payment to FIL.

"Yes, we will pay the fee as soon as we receive FIL’s invoice," Tyurin told TASS.

The FIL banned all Russian athletes, coaches and officials from its events last March in response to the war in Ukraine.

This ruling was overturned by the FIL's own Court of Arbitration before the ban was put in place again last month.

After making changes to its statutes in June, the FIL used new powers in force majeure situations to suspend Russian athletes.

No expiry date has been placed on the sanctions, which the FIL is framing as being for "safety and security" reasons.

The 2022-2023 Luge World Cup season is due to commence on December 3 in Innsbruck, Austria.

The IIHF said that a
The IIHF said that a "member of the IIHF must pay a fee of CHF 1,000 per year in accordance with the IIHF statutes" ©Getty Images

Meanwhile, the IIHF confirmed to TASS that the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RHF) "has not been stripped of membership in the IIHF" despite banning players from the country.

"While the IIHF does not comment on individual banking transactions, we can report that each national association, member of the IIHF must pay a fee of CHF 1,000 per year in accordance with the IIHF statutes and be in good standing to exercise membership rights."

In May, the IIHF Congress banned Russian and Belarusian players from appearing at the 2023 World Championship and other events of the International Federation and even missed out on the 2022 World Cup in Finland.

The 2023 World Cup, initially scheduled to be held in Russia, was moved to Latvia and Finland.

The 2023 Youth World Championships was also moved out of Russia to Canada due the invasion of Ukraine.

The IBU also maintained FIL and IIHF’s stance on the matter.

However, despite the temporary suspension of Russian Biathlon Union’s (RBU) membership, IBU also wants Russia to pay membership fees.

"The IBU has asked the RBU to pay their membership fee of 150 euros for the 2022/23 season," a source was quoted as saying by TASS.

"Despite the fact that the membership of the RBU is currently suspended, the RBU must continue to comply with the obligations of a member of the national federation in accordance with with (sic) the IBU statutes.

"Thus, this membership fee does not depend on the start of Russian athletes in IBU competitions."

In September, the IBU decided to extended the suspension of Russian and Belarusian athletes from its competitions.