Russia barred from multiple sporting events amid Ukraine invasion

By Crisdenmar Dela Cruz

PHOTO: Eye Witness Reporters

Russia's invasion of Ukraine prompted sports conflicts worldwide, with various international sports organizations starting to sanction Russia and its athletes.

In a statement, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) appealed to the world's sports organizations to exclude Russia from joining multiple international sporting events. 

As of this date, FIBA, FIFA, UEFA, the International Skating Union, the International Ice Hockey Federation, the International Volleyball Federation, and Formula1 are among the organizations set to ward off Russian athletes, officials, and teams from participating in international events.

On Tuesday, FIBA announced that Russian teams and officials would be barred from participating in FIBA Basketball and 3x3 Basketball competitions until further notice.

Several hours after FIBA's announcement, FIFA and UEFA suspended Russian football clubs and national teams from all competitions with immediate effect.

With women Russian figure skaters arguably the best globally, the International Skating Union (ISU) has banned Russian and Belarussian skaters alike from competing in international ice-skating competitions until further instruction.

Following a silver medal finish in men's ice hockey at the Winter Olympics, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) suspended all Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs from joining all IIHF competitions and events in all age categories.

In volleyball, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) announced that Russia had been stripped of hosting the men's world championships in August and September. They would seek another host country for the said event.

Formula1, a famous racing event held in Russia, terminated the country’s Grand Prix contract. The 2022 race in Sochi, Russia scheduled for September had already been canceled, as Formula1 confirmed Thursday morning that there will be no Grand Prix in the country in the future.

On the other hand, swimming has chosen to ignore the IOC's recommendation to ban Russians so far.

Belarus, being the staging ground for Russia's invasion of Ukraine, also received sanctions from certain events.



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