Global sports organizations distance themselves from Russia : NPR


Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia (left) and Magnus Carlsen of Norway discuss after Carlsen received the FIDE World Championship in 2021. FIDE has banned competitions in Russia and Belarus in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia (left) and Magnus Carlsen of Norway discuss after Carlsen received the FIDE World Championship in 2021. FIDE has banned competitions in Russia and Belarus in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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As Russia pushes ahead with its invasion of Ukraine, the Worldwide Chess Federation — which ranks greater than 20 Russian athletes in in its high 100 — banned tournaments in Russia and Belarus, an in depth Russian ally that has supported the invasion.

The motion is amongst a number of taken by sports activities organizations in opposition to Russia within the wake of the invasion.

The chess federation, referred to as FIDE, mentioned it stands in opposition to conflict and condemns utilizing army weapons to unravel political battle. The group mentioned in a information launch it could take “any needed motion to make sure the safety of chess gamers and different members of the chess neighborhood.”

Along with restrictions on event location, the federation additionally barred the Russian and Belarusian flags and anthems from FIDE chess occasions. FIDE additionally mentioned it terminated sponsorship agreements with state-controlled Belarusian and Russian firms.

A slew of sports activities organizations have acted in opposition to Russia over the invasion

The transfer comes as a many world sports activities organizations are making comparable selections.

The Worldwide Paralympic Committee introduced Wednesday that Russian and Belarusian Olympic committees will compete as neutrals within the Paralympic Winter Video games in Beijing.

Slightly than representing their nation’s flags, gamers from Russia and Belarus will compete below the Paralympic flag.

This week, World Taekwondo rescinded Russian President Vladimir Putin’s honorary ninth-degree black belt. The worldwide group had conferred the distinction in 2013.

World Taekwondo, following the lead of the Worldwide Olympic Committee, additionally banned Russian and Belarusian flags and anthems from its occasions. The group additionally mentioned it could not acknowledge Taekwondo occasions in Russia and Belarus.

In a joint assertion Monday, FIFA and UEFA, the European soccer league, suspended all Russian groups from the World Cup, in addition to different competitions.

“Soccer is totally united right here and in full solidarity with all of the folks affected in Ukraine,” the soccer teams mentioned.

In the meantime, German soccer workforce FC Schalke 04 eliminated its major sponsor, Gazprom — a state-owned Russian vitality firm, from its jerseys.

And in basketball, FIBA introduced that Russian groups and officers, wouldn’t be permitted to compete or take part in competitions till additional discover.

The Worldwide Tennis Federation on Tuesday banned gamers from competing below the title or flags of Russia and Belarus, however Russian and Belarussian gamers can nonetheless compete as people.

The federation additionally suspended the memberships of the Russian Tennis Federation and the Belarus Tennis federation.

“The ITF stays in shut contact with the Ukraine Tennis Federation and stands in solidarity with the folks of Ukraine,” the federation mentioned.

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