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Factbox- Sporting world reacts to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Belarus has been a key staging area for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

People hold Ukrainian flags (Reuters image)
People hold Ukrainian flags (Reuters image)

Following is a summary of measures taken by sports federations following the International Olympic Committee’s recommendations to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from competing in events and to move or cancel any events set to take place in the two countries. Belarus has been a key staging area for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

ARCHERY
World Archery said it would remove Russian and Belarusian flags and anthems from all international tournaments.
It added there are no events planned in the two countries and no future events would take place there.

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

BADMINTON
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 which should have taken place in the two countries and represents a step-up from its previous ban on Russian and Belarusian flags and anthems at the federation’s events.

BASKETBALL
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) said it would 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 measures.
Euroleague Basketball suspended Russian teams CSKA Moscow, UNICS Kazan, Zenit St Petersburg, and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar from participating in its championships.
“Should the situation not evolve in a favourable way, all regular season games versus Russian teams to be annulled to configure the leagues’ standings,” it said in a statement.
It also froze its sponsorship deal with Russia’s VTB Bank.

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

CLIMBING
The International Sport Climbing Federation (IFSC) suspended the Boulder and Speed World Cup scheduled for April in Moscow. It plans to relocate the event.

CURLING
The World Curling Federation proposed the introduction of a new rule which, if approved, would allow the federation to ban Russia from the upcoming World Championships.
It had previously resolved to move the 2022 European Curling Championship away from Russian city Perm.

EQUESTRIAN
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) executive board called for all international events to be removed from Russia and Belarus.

FENCING
The International Fencing Federation (FIE) said it had implemented the IOC’s recommendation from Feb. 25 to move or cancel events in Russia and Belarus, adding that further discussions on the matter were taking place.
Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov resigned from his post as FIE president citing European Union restrictions following Russia’s invasion.

GYMNASTICS
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) cancelled all of its events in Russia and Belarus, adding it would not allocate other events to the two countries until further notice.
“The Russian and Belarusian national flags must not be displayed, and the Russian and Belarusian anthems must not be played at any FIG-sanctioned events until further notice,” it said.

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

ICE HOCKEY
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) banned Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs from its competitions until further notice.
It also revoked Russia’s hosting rights to the 2023 World Junior Championship and will look for a new host in the next months.

JUDO
The International Judo Federation (IJF) cancelled the Grand Slam in Kazan, Russia, which should have taken place in May.
It also suspended Russian president Vladimir Putin’s status as honorary president and ambassador of the IJF.

KARATE
The World Karate Federation said it would relocate the 2022 Karate1-Premier League, originally scheduled to take place in Moscow in October.

MODERN PENTATHLON
The international modern pentathlon union (UIPM) said it would not allow Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials to take part in its competitions.

MOTOR RACING
Formula One said it would no longer race in Russia after the sport terminated its contract with the promoter of the Russian Grand Prix. The 2022 running of the event, set for September at the Olympic Park in Sochi, had already been cancelled.
Motorsports’ governing body FIA condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but said Russian and Belarusian drivers could compete in a neutral capacity, while Motorsport UK banned Russian and Belarusian license holders from racing.
U.S.-owned F1 team Haas terminated the contract of Russian driver Nikita Mazepin and severed ties with Russian title sponsor Uralkali.

PARALYMPICS
Russian and Belarusian athletes were barred from the Winter Paralympics in Beijing on the eve of the Games following threats of boycotts by other teams over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The International Paralympic Committee had initially given athletes from the two countries the green light to participate in the Games as neutrals.

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

RUGBY
World Rugby banned Russia and Belarus from all international rugby and cross-border club rugby activities until further notice.
It also suspended the World Rugby membership of the rugby union of Russia until further notice.

SKATING
The International Skating Union said Russian and Belarusian skaters could no longer be invited or allowed to take part in international ice skating competitions.

SKIING
The International Skiing Federation (FIS) said Russian and Belarusian athletes will not participate in its competitions for the rest of the 2021-2022 season.
It also cancelled the remaining 2021-2022 events that were meant to take place in Russia.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS
The Special Olympics, which is for competitors with intellectual disabilities, cancelled the World Winter Games which were scheduled to be held in Kazan, Russia in January 2023.

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

SOCCER
FIFA and UEFA suspended Russia’s national teams and clubs from international football, a move which makes it likely that Russia will be excluded from this year’s World Cup and the women’s Euro 2020 tournament.

UEFA also said that all Belarusian clubs and national teams competing in UEFA competitions would be required to play their home matches at neutral venues, with no spectators allowed to attend matches in which teams from Belarus feature as host.

Premier League clubs Manchester United and Everton have suspended sponsorships with Russian companies, while UEFA and German club Schalke 04 cancelled their partnerships with Russian energy company Gazprom.

SQUASH
The World Squash Federation said it would relocate the 2022 World Junior Championship set to take place in St Petersburg.

SWIMMING
Swimming global governing body FINA called off the World Junior Swimming Championships that were to take place in Kazan, Russia.

TAEKWONDO
World Taekwondo said no Russian nor Belarusian flags and anthems would be displayed and played at its events, adding it would not organise or recognise events in Russia and Belarus.

It also revoked the honorary 9th dan black belt conferred on Putin in November 2013.

TENNIS
Tennis’s international governing bodies said Russian and Belarusian players could continue to compete in international events and the Grand Slams but no longer under the name or flag of their nations until further notice.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) cancelled all of its events in Russia and Belarus.
It also suspended the countries’ ITF memberships, banning their federations from ITF international team competition until further notice.

VOLLEYBALL
World volleyball’s governing body FIVB said all Russian and Belarusian teams, clubs, officials, and athletes were not eligible to participate in international and continental events until further notice.

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