Russia Faces Sports Crackdown Over Invasion of Ukraine

Sports bodies have joined in imposing sanctions against Russia, banning Russian teams from taking part in their competitions following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

World Athletics was among the latest to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes, support staff and officials from all its events in the near future. FIBA and the International Skating Union also imposed a similar ban.

The International Volleyball Federation also removed Russia as the host of the men’s world championships this summer.

Russian and Belarusian tennis players, meanwhile, will be allowed to compete but not under their nation’s flags.

The measures followed the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) recommendation on Monday to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from sports events as part of diplomatic efforts to undermine Russia’s unprovoked campaign against Ukraine.

“Anyone who knows me will understand that imposing sanctions on athletes because of the actions of their government goes against the grain,” said World Athletics President Sebastian Coe.

“This is different as governments, business and other international organizations have imposed sanctions and measures against Russia across all sectors. Sport has to step up and join these efforts to end this war and restore peace. We cannot and should not sit this one out.”

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