As the Russian military advanced into Ukraine on Friday, sports bodies were quick to pull Russia out of the event, with St Petersburg missing out on the Champions League final while the Formula One Grand Prix will not take place in Sochi.
Russia launched its offensive by land, air and sea on Thursday following a declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin, with an estimated 100,000 people fleeing as bombs and shells hit major cities.
UEFA’s governing body has decided to relocate to the Stade de France in Paris after receiving support from French President Emmanuel Macron.
The decision was regretted by the Kremlin but welcomed by UK Cultural Secretary Nadine Dorries.
“Russia should not allow you to use sports and cultural events on a global scale to justify indifference, prejudice and arbitrary attacks on democracy,” he said. Dorries said.
Form One, the FIA motorsport management team and the team discussed the situation and “it is not possible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in the current situation”. The race, which joined the calendar in 2014, is scheduled for September 25 at the Sochi Olympic Park. On Thursday, both former President Sebastian Vettel and Prime Minister Max Verstappen said it was “wrong” to compete in Russia.
After Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic refused to host the World Cup in Russia, UEFA announced that Ukraine’s home games against Russia and national teams competing in the UEFA Champions League will be played in neutral matches. . That could have an effect on Spartak Moscow’s place in the European Championship after their draw with German side RB Leipzig. The Russian team has the advantage of being a seed for the shoot but will now have to play the second leg in the neutral position.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) urges international sports teams to either move or cancel currently planned sporting events in Russia or Belarus. The International Judo Federation (IJF) says it has canceled its May 20-22 Grand Slam event in Kazan, Russia but in a brief statement IJF President Marius Vizer made no reference to Russia or Ukraine.
“The International Judo Federation is announcing with great anticipation the cancellation of the 2022 Grand Slam in Kazan, Russia,” Vizer said, having long-term ties with Putin, judoka himself. “We are saddened by the current global situation, the result of inconsistent communication at the global level.”
Russian troops entered Ukraine through Belarus when the attack began on Thursday. The IOC incorporates two national flags that should not be displayed at sporting events. The five World Cup ski events scheduled to take place in Russia this weekend and next month have been canceled or postponed by the International Ski Federation (FIS) in the interest of the safety and stability of the tournament.
“Participants are already on the field at two World Cup events scheduled for this weekend and the FIS is working closely with stakeholders to ensure they return home quickly,” he said. he said.
‘SPEAK IN POLITICS’
However, bodies slow to pull off events in Russia, with the International Volleyball Association (FIVB) saying preparations for the men’s World Cup in Russia in August are continuing as planned.
“While the FIVB believes that sports should always be separate from politics, we are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants in our events which is our first priority,” FIVB told Reuters.
The FIVB has not said whether there will be any sanctions for the Russian volleyball team.
English Premier League club Manchester United have announced that the sponsorship rights of Russian airline Aeroflot have been revoked. Aeroflot was banned from flying to the United Kingdom on Thursday with the suspension of a foreign carrier suspended.
The Finnish Jokerit hockey team says they are finishing their Continental Hockey League (KHL) season before the end of next month. The club has been in regular contact with the killers but club chairman Jari Kurri said it was “impossible” to continue their season in the Russian-based league.
The International Tennis Federation also has events organized in Russia and Ukraine this year. But he took steps to advance the World Tennis Championships scheduled to take place in Ukraine in April. The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has stated that the Chess Olympiad and the FIDE Congress will not be held in Moscow later this year and that they are doing their utmost to find another organizer for the Olympics.
The World Curling Federation has convened an emergency meeting and removed the Russian city of Perm from the European Curling Championships scheduled for May. The world governing body of the youth FINA has killed one man in the World League polo water tournament in St. Petersburg.
The Council of European Aquatics has also postponed the tournament in Russia, including the last Euro Euro polo match, to a date and place yet to confirm.