Update on all sanctions decided by international sports organizations


The Russian invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, February 24, triggered a wave of international reaction. From the support of the athletes to the sanctions of the authorities, the world of sports was also turned upside down. Faced with the seriousness of the situation, many international federations reacted and imposed sanctions on representatives of Belarus, as well as Russia, on the recommendation of the International Olympic Committee on Monday (February 28th).

IOC recommends exclusion of Russian and Belarusian athletes from the competition

This is an unprecedented position taken by a supposedly cautious institution. A little over a week after the Beijing Olympics and four days before the Paralympic Games (March 4-13 in Beijing), the International Olympic Committee recommended on Monday that the federations not allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete. Even if the IOC takes care not to use the word, it is advice synonymous with excluding athletes from these two countries involved in the invasion of Ukraine.

The Olympic Movement is united in its mission to contribute to peace through sport and unite the world in peaceful competition beyond any political conflict.”Highlights the IOC. A statement that came just three days after inviting international federations to abandon or change planned events on the territory of Russia. The International Paralympic Committee did not make a statement regarding the presence of Russian and Belarusian athletes for the Paralympic Games, which will start on Friday.

Football: Fifa and UEFA hit hard

Pushed to the wall by the Polish, Swedish and Czech federations that refused to play their play-off matches with Russia, regardless of the circumstances and venue, Fifa and UEFA have decided to exclude Russia from the next World Cup in Qatar. at the end of the year. Russian clubs suffered the same fate for European competitions. A decision that concerns Spartak Moscow, which will play against Leipzig in the last 16 of the Europa League.

The organizer of the last World Cup, the Russian Federation, said: “I strongly disagree with FIFA and UEFA’s decision to suspend Russian teams” condemning a measure “discriminatory”. Like the IOC, Fifa has previously taken temporary measures by forcing Russian players to play. under a neutral banner and without the national anthem and forbade the election and clubs from hosting an international match. UEFA also decided to move the Champions League final, which was planned to be played in Saint Petersburg, to the Stade de France.

Basketball: Russian clubs suspended in Euroleague and Eurocup

Again, everything was decided gradually. Firstly, the Barcelona club went to the front, refusing to travel for a match in Zenit Saint Petersburg, the day Ukraine was occupied. Euroleague later announced that the meeting was postponed before all matches involving a Russian team in this competition. Asvel’s chairman, Tony Parker, had assured that his club would not go to Russia.

Euroleague suspended three Russian clubs participating in its competition. As a result, all remaining matches, as well as all matches already played, are canceled purely and simply for reasons of sporting fairness. Three Russian clubs were in the top 8, so they were in the playoff race. Russian clubs were also excluded from the Eurocup, the second European level run by the same company as the Euroleague.

Figure skating: world championships without Russian or Belarusian athletes

The world figure skating championships, held in Montpellier from March 21 to 27, will be held without 18 Russian athletes who initially qualified. The International Skating Union (ISU) announced its expulsion on Tuesday, March 1., “According to the recommendations of the IOC”. The Russians, who collected five of the twelve medals awarded in Beijing, were the favourites.

Rugby: Russia and Belarus suspended until further notice

Russia and Belarus were banned from participating in international rugby matches on Tuesday.”until new notice“By world governing body, by World Rugby. International federation’s executive committee decided”The complete and immediate suspension of Russia and Belarus from all international rugby and cross-border club rugby activities until further notice” and the “complete and immediate suspension of the Russian Rugby Federation from World Rugby membership until further notice”‘ reads the press release.

Volleyball: There is no World Cup in Russia and Russian and Belarusian players, clubs and national teams in Europe are excluded

It was the national elections that prompted the International Federation (FIVB) to act. Earvin Ngapeth had sparked hostility, expressing, via a tweet, his intention to boycott the contest if it were held in Russia.

The head of the French Federation later announced to the public during a Facebook Live that France would not be traveling to Russia to join the Worlds. The International Volleyball Federation finally decided on Tuesday to withdraw the organization of the 2022 World Cup (August-September) from Russia, without revealing a new venue for the time being.

The European Volleyball Confederation has decided to exclude Russian and Belarusian teams, clubs, players and officials from all volleyball, beach volleyball and snow volleyball competitions. It also suspended all members of the two national federations from their European functions.

Handball: Russian and Belarusian clubs and elections suspended

The European Handball Federation suspended Belarusian and Russian clubs from the Champions League and Europa League on Monday. As a direct result of this, Nantes sees Tuesday’s match against Chekhovskie Medvedi in the Europa League cancelled. Paris will also not be able to play the Champions League match against Ukrainian club Motor Zaporozhye for other fairly obvious reasons.

The ban hit the Belarusian men’s club Meskhov Brest and the Russian women’s clubs Rostov and CSKA Moscow hard in the Champions League. The women’s teams of the two countries will not be able to play the qualifying matches for the next European championship.

Hockey: International Federation joins ‘international sports edition’

The Olympic champions in Pyeongchang in 2018 and the vice-champions in Beijing in 2022 will not qualify for the next world championships. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) decided to suspend the Russian and Belarusian national teams on Monday, following the recommendations of the IOC. IIHF President Luc Tardif explained to franceinfo: sports wanting to participate “international sports edition”.

Ski: FIS cancels all competitions scheduled to be held in Russia

After a major setback and ski-cross qualifications in Sunny Valley (Russia), where only six Russian athletes participated due to the boycott of others, the International Ski Federation (FIS) has decided to cancel the World Cup stages scheduled for Friday. In Russia. Therefore, there are cross country skiing, cross country skiing and all other disciplines governed by the FIS.

Formula 1: Sochi Grand Prix canceled

After Sebastian Vettel’s firm intention not to attend the Sochi Grand Prix and Max Verstappen’s disapproval, the FIA ​​urgently brought together all team managers. On Thursday, it was decided not to race in Russia.”in current conditions. F1 is expected to make further announcements on Tuesday.