Sports authorities order banning Russian athletes amid Ukraine’s aggression

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February 28, 2022

(Reuters) – As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continued on Monday, sports authorities ordered a ban on Russian athletes from competing in international events, with FIFA and UEFA suspending teams. Russia’s national football team and club participate in international football tournaments.

This move makes it more likely that Russia will be eliminated from this year’s World Cup and the Women’s Euro 2020.

“Today FIFA and UEFA have jointly decided that all Russian teams, whether national or club representatives, will be suspended from participating in FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice. news,” UEFA said in a statement.

In a statement, the Russian Football Federation said it “completely disagrees” with the decision, adding that it was against “sports spirit”.

UEFA also confirmed RB Leipzig had been sent through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League after their final match against Spartak Moscow was postponed, adding that the governing body had canceled its sponsorship deal with the energy company. Russia Gazprom.


Earlier on Monday, the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that sports federations ban Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from competing in the events.

The IOC said its executive board made the decision “to protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all participants”.

The Russian Olympic Committee strongly disagrees with the IOC, saying the decision “contradicts both the IOC’s regulatory documents and the (Olympic) Charter”.

Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina has said she will not play Anastasia Potapova of Russia at the Monterrey Open, and refuses to play any Russian or Belarusian player until tennis governing bodies implement the recommendations of IOC.

The IOC’s statement came shortly before the Winter Olympics kicked off in Beijing on Friday. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will meet on Wednesday to discuss Russia ahead of the Olympics.

The British Olympic Association, along with the German National Olympic Committee, requested the immediate exclusion of Russia and Belarus from international sports.


The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) also suspends all Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs from its competitions until further notice.

It also withdrew Russia’s hosting rights from December 26 to January 1. 5 The World Youth Championship cares about the well-being of the players, officials and fans.

Badminton World Authority (BWF) has canceled all sanctioned tournaments in Russia and Belarus, adding that no other badminton tournaments will be allocated to those regions until when there are new announcements.

Swimming’s global governing body FINA has canceled the World Junior Swimming Championships to take place in Kazan, while the World Swimming Federation begins the process of removing the Russian federation’s entries from World Championship.

Ukraine’s motorsport federation has called on Formula One’s governing FIA to ban all Russian and Belarusian drivers’ license holders from their competitions, which, if accepted, could lead to Nikita Mazepin of Russia are excluded from the sport.

The Executive Board of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) called for the removal of all international events from Russia and Belarus.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” that it says is aimed not at occupying territory but aimed at destroying its southern neighbor’s military capabilities and capturing what it considers to be threats. dangerous nationalist.

Russian billionaire businessman Roman Abramovich, owner of Premier League football club Chelsea, has accepted Ukraine’s request to help negotiate an end to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Abramovich was asked by Ukraine to help mediate because he comes from Russia, where he made a lot of money during the tumultuous post-communist privatizations of the 1990s, a source with knowledge of the matter said. with Reuters in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on condition of anonymity.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru and Rory Carroll in Los Angeles Editing by Christian Radnedge and Pritha Sarkar) Sports authorities order banning Russian athletes amid Ukraine’s aggression


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