Russia-Ukraine war: Which sporting bodies have banned Russia? | Russia-Ukraine crisis News

Russia is dealing with a serious sporting fallout over its invasion of Ukraine, together with being booted out of this yr’s soccer World Cup and requires a world ban from competitions.

Al Jazeera takes a take a look at among the actions in opposition to the nation’s athletes:


FIFA and UEFA have banned Russian nationwide and golf equipment groups from their competitions “till additional discover”.

The Russian males’s staff was on account of play in qualifying play-offs in March for the World Cup in Qatar later this yr, whereas its ladies’s facet had certified for the European Championship in England, to be held in July.

In an announcement, the Russian Soccer Federation mentioned it “categorically disagreed” with the choice and added that it was opposite to the “spirit of sports activities”.

The Polish Soccer Affiliation had beforehand insisted they might not play Russia in a World Cup playoff semi-final.

UEFA additionally introduced that it’s ending its partnership with Russian state power large Gazprom, which was believed to have been paying about 40 million euros ($45m) a yr in a deal on account of run till 2024.

Saint Petersburg, in the meantime, was stripped as host of UEFA’s Champions League last set for Could 28. The sport has been switched to the Stade de France in Paris.


The Worldwide Olympic Committee urged sports activities federations and organisers to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes and officers from worldwide occasions. A ban of this type would see Russia be a part of Yugoslavia underneath Slobodan Milosevic and South Africa underneath apartheid rule as main sporting pariahs.


Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina is the primary tennis participant to refuse to compete in opposition to a Russian athlete – she had been on account of face Russian Anastasia Potapova in Monterrey on Tuesday. The previous world quantity three mentioned she wouldn’t face opponents from Russia or Belarus.

System One

The Russian Grand Prix, scheduled for September 25, was cancelled, a day after defending world champion Max Verstappen and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel publicly declared their opposition to driving within the race.

“When a rustic is at conflict, it’s not proper to run there,” Verstappen mentioned.

Vettel added: “I cannot go. I believe it’s improper to race within the nation.”

US System One staff Haas determined to not sport the Russian colors of its title sponsor Uralkali over the past day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Ice hockey

The Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) suspended all Russian and Belarusian nationwide groups and golf equipment from its competitions till additional discover. It additionally stripped Russia of the internet hosting rights for the 2023 junior world championships.


The Worldwide Judo Federation (IJF) suspended Russian President Vladimir Putin as its honourary president.

Putin, an completed judoka who was awarded an eighth dan in 2014 – one of many highest ranges within the sport – had held the publish since 2008.

The IJF additionally mentioned it cancelled the 2022 Gran Slam within the Russian metropolis of Kazan, deliberate to be held from Could 20 to 22.


Ukrainian fencers withdrew from the world championships in Cairo to keep away from a match with Russia.

The male Ukrainian staff, dressed within the yellow and blue of their nationwide flag, downed their swords and picked up indicators to protest. “Cease Russia! Cease the conflict!” the indicators learn in English. “Save Ukraine! Save Europe.”


Rugby’s world governing physique banned Russia and Belarus from all worldwide rugby “till additional discover”. Russia’s membership in World Rugby was additionally suspended indefinitely, which means its slim hopes of qualifying for subsequent yr’s World Cup in France are over.


The Badminton World Federation (BWF) cancelled all sanctioned tournaments in Russia and Belarus, banning them from internet hosting future tournaments “till additional discover” and ordering their flags and anthems banned from all BWF tournaments.


World Taekwondo mentioned they had been stripping Putin of an honourary black belt, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine goes in opposition to the game’s motto: “Peace is extra valuable than triumph”.

The physique additionally mentioned no Russian or Belarusian nationwide flags or anthems could be displayed and performed at occasions, nor will any future occasions be organised within the two nations.


Swimming’s world governing physique FINA known as off the World Junior Swimming Championships that had been to happen in Kazan (23 to twenty-eight August).

FINA additionally withdrew the order it awarded Putin in 2014.

Equestrian Sports activities

The Worldwide Equestrian Federation (FEI) govt board known as for all worldwide occasions to be faraway from Russia and Belarus.


The World Curling Federation started the method of eradicating the Russian Federation’s entries from the World Championships.

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