The sporting world is sending out a strong message by boycotting tournaments and events in Russia and piling pressure amid the sanctions against Moscow across the world over its invasion of Ukraine.
Last week, Russia attacked Ukraine with its invasion by land, sea and air after President Vladimir Putin declared war.
The International soccer has suspended Russian teams. FIFA and UEFA said on Monday that Russia’s national teams and clubs were suspended “until further notice.”
“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine,” FIFA and UEFA said. “Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people.”
Furthermore, UEFA even ended its sponsorship with Gazprom, the Russian energy giant.
Russia was also excluded from the upcoming FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup on Tuesday.
“Following yesterday’s recommendation by the IOC to avoid the participation of Russian athletes and officials in international competitions – in order to protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all participants – the Executive Board (EB) of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has taken the decision to exclude Russia from the upcoming FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup scheduled from 1 to 12 April in Potchefstroom, South Africa,” an FIH release stated.
Vladimir Putin stripped of Taekwondo Black Belt
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been stripped of his honorary taekwondo black belt over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
World Taekwondo cited the slogan “peace is more precious than triumph” and criticised the Russian military action in Ukraine. It also said that the “brutal attacks on innocent lives” violated the sport’s values of respect and tolerance.
“In this regard, World Taekwondo has decided to withdraw the honorary 9th dan black belt conferred to Mr. Vladimir Putin in November 2013,” the governing body said in a statement.
It said it would join the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in boycotting Russian flag and anthem from its events.
List of bans on Russia in the world of sports:
- Vladimir Putin has been stripped of black belt.
- FIFA and UEFA have suspended Russian national teams and clubs “until further notice”.
- Badminton World Federation has cancelled all sanctioned tournaments in Russia and Belarus. Until further notice, no other BWF tournaments will be awarded to Russia or Belarus.
- Russia has been kicked out of the upcoming FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup.
- FIDE, the international chess body, has banned Russia and Belarus from holding world chess events.
- The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has banned Russian and Belarusian teams from its competitions until further notice. It has also revoked Russia’s hosting rights for the 2023 World Junior Championships.
- Poland’s Football Association has declared that Poland will not play a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Russia.
- Czech Republic has also refused to face Russia in 2022 World Cup play-offs.
- Formula One has cancelled this year’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.
- UEFA banned Russia from hosting the Champions League final on Friday, and St Petersburg was replaced by Paris.