How different sports reacted to the Russian invasion of Ukraine


Following the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from participating in events and to move or cancel any events scheduled to take place in both countries, here is a summary of the measures taken by the sports federations (Belarus was a key stage for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine) . . .


World Archery said it would remove Russian and Belarusian flags and anthems from all international tournaments.

He added that no events were planned in either country and that no future events would take place there.


World Athletics has banned Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from all events for the foreseeable future, and added that its board has also agreed to consider other measures, including the suspension of the Belarusian Federation.


The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has banned all athletes and officials representing Russia and Belarus from participating in its events.

The decision follows the cancellation of all BWF events that should have taken place in both countries and represents a step forward from its previous ban on Russian and Belarusian flags and anthems at federation events.


The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has said it will ban Russian athletes and officials from its competitions until further notice.

FIBA’s top board will meet on March 25 to discuss whether to take further action.

Euroleague Basketball has suspended Russian teams CSKA Moscow, UNICS Kazan, Zenit St Petersburg and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar from participating in its championships.

“If the situation does not develop in a favorable manner, all regular season matches against Russian teams will be canceled to set up league standings,” he said in a statement.

He also froze his sponsorship deal with Russian bank VTB.


The International Biathlon Union (IBU) said it would not allow Russian or Belarusian athletes or officials to participate in its international events. The IBU board will also discuss a possible suspension of the two national federations from IBU membership at a meeting on March 17.


The International Sport Climbing Federation (IFSC) has suspended the Bouldering and Sprint World Cup scheduled for April in Moscow. He plans to move the event.


The World Curling Federation has proposed the introduction of a new rule which, if approved, would allow the federation to exclude Russia from upcoming world championships.

He previously decided to move the 2022 European Curling Championship away from the Russian city of Perm.


The board of directors of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has requested that all international events be removed from Russia and Belarus.


The International Fencing Federation (FIE) said it had implemented the February 25 IOC recommendation to move or cancel events in Russia and Belarus, adding that further discussions on this were ongoing. .

Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has resigned as FIE president, citing European Union restrictions following the Russian invasion.


The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has canceled all of its events in Russia and Belarus, adding that it will not award further events to the two countries until further notice.

“The Russian and Belarusian national flags should not be displayed, and the Russian and Belarusian anthems should not be played at FIG-sanctioned events until further notice,” he said.


The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has excluded Russia from the Junior Women’s World Cup of Hockey, which will take place in April in South Africa.


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

It has also revoked Russia’s hosting rights for the 2023 World Junior Championship and will seek a new host in the coming months.


The International Judo Federation (IJF) has canceled the Grand Slam in Kazan, Russia, which should have taken place in May.

He also suspended Russian President Vladimir Putin’s status as honorary president and IFJ ambassador.


The World Karate Federation has announced that it will move the 2022 Karate1-Premier League, originally scheduled for Moscow in October, to a new location.


The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has said it will not allow Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials to participate in its competitions.


Formula 1 has said it will not race in Russia this season, saying it was “impossible” to do so after the country invaded neighboring Ukraine.

A race scheduled for September 25 at Sochi’s Olympic Park will be removed from the calendar for the first time since its debut in 2014.

Motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but said Russian and Belarusian drivers could compete in a neutral capacity, as long as they pledged to abide by its principles peace and political neutrality.


The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has said athletes from Russia and Belarus can compete as neutrals at the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing.

The IPC added that athletes from both countries will compete under the Paralympic flag and will not be included in the medal table.


World Rowing has banned Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from its international competitions until further notice.


World Rugby has banned Russia and Belarus from all international rugby and cross-border rugby activity until further notice.

It has also suspended Russian rugby union’s World Rugby membership until further notice.


The International Skating Union said skaters from Russia and Belarus could no longer be invited or allowed to participate in international ice skating competitions.


The International Ski Federation (FIS) has said athletes from Russia and Belarus will not participate in its competitions for the remainder of the 2021-2022 season.

It also canceled the remaining 2021-2022 events that were scheduled to take place in Russia.


The International Surfing Association (ISA) has said that no athletes and officials from Russia will be invited to participate or attend its events until further notice.


Fifa and UEFA have suspended Russian national teams and clubs from international football, a move which makes it likely that Russia will be left out of this year’s World Cup and Euro 2020 women’s tournament.


The World Squash Federation has said it will move the 2022 World Junior Championship from Saint Petersburg to another location.


Swimming’s world governing body, Fina, has canceled the World Junior Swimming Championships which were due to take place in Kazan, Russia.


World Taekwondo said no Russian or Belarusian flags or anthems would be displayed and played at its events, adding that it would not organize or recognize events in Russia and Belarus.

He also revoked the honorary ninth-dan black belt conferred on Putin in November 2013.


International tennis governing bodies have said Russian and Belarusian players may continue to compete in international events and Grand Slam tournaments, but no longer under their country’s name or flag until further notice.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has canceled all of its events in Russia and Belarus.

It also suspended countries’ ITF memberships, banning their federations from participating in ITF international team competitions until further notice.


World volleyball’s governing body, the FIVB, has said that all Russian and Belarusian teams, clubs, officials and athletes are ineligible to participate in international and continental events until further notice.


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