6:15 pm: Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko rested for “a few days” by West Ham
West Ham’s Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko was rested by his club for “a few days” after Russia invaded his country, manager David Moyes said on Friday.
17:40: Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev takes a stand against the war
This is a rarity in the Russian sports world: in the final of the Dubai tournament, Andrey Rublev took a public stance on Friday against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. At the end of the semi-final where he defeated Pole Hubert Hurkacz (3-6, 7-5, 7-6) he wrote “Fight please” for the camera.
It’s a risky position, as researcher Lukas Aubin explains to us: “The Russian government has set up a politico-economic-sports system where raising its voice against the current power would put the sports career of a great athlete at risk, see more. It can go all the way to a legal lawsuit, or potentially physical “It could be an attack on his moral integrity and integrity. It is very difficult to speak out against the current power when we are athletes in Russia today,” he said.
17:15: Manchester United terminates contract with Russian company Aeroflot
Manchester United announced on Friday that it was “canceling” its sponsorship contract with Russian airline Aeroflot after Russian troops invaded Ukraine. “In light of the events in Ukraine, we have withdrawn the sponsorship rights of Aeroflot,” the English club said in a statement. Aeroflot has been the official sponsor of the Mancunian club since 2013.
According to Lukas Aubin, expert on geopolitics and sports in Russia, “We risk getting a series of sanctions of this type”.
Lukas Aubin, doctor of contemporary Slavic studies and author of “La Sportokratura sous Vladimir Poutine: une geopolitique du sport russe” (Editions Bréal, 2021), explains what the Russian occupation meant for the world of sports. Initial sanctions were dropped, but their numbers could rise further. “Sanctions against Russian oligarchs who control part of world sport can be imagined. The latter, who do not necessarily show their support for Vladimir Putin, still have clear political interests vis-a-vis the Russian state,” explains Lukas Aubin. READ OUR INTERVIEW.
3:55 PM: IOC asks international federations to cancel events in Russia and Belarus
The Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) urged all international sports federations on Friday to cancel or relocate all scheduled events in Russia or Belarus following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
In addition, the Executive Committee specifies the press release that the IOC presumes to have violated these two countries by demanding that the flags of Russia and Belarus not be hoisted and the national anthems of these two countries not played in any international sports competitions. Olympic truce.
15:00: The future of Russian pilot Nikita Mazepin is in doubt
Russian driver Nikita Mazepin’s future in Formula 1 is uncertain due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which calls into question the partnership between his American team Haas and Russian sponsor Uralkali, team principal said on Friday. Team principal Günther Steiner admits Mazepin’s future with the team “must be sorted out”. Nikita Mazepin (22), a “paying” driver who came to F1 last year, is the son of Uralkali’s independent director, billionaire Dmitry Mazepin.
“It’s a tough time and I don’t control much of what is being said and happening,” the pilot said on his social networks. “I choose to focus on what I can control by working hard and doing my best for my Haas team. My most sincere thanks for your understanding and support.”
13:10: FIA cancels Russian Grand Prix
The Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix, scheduled for September 25 in Sochi, has been canceled due to the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine, the organizer of the F1 world championship said on Friday.
“On Thursday evening, Formula 1, the FIA and the teams discussed the position of our sport, and it was concluded that, given the views of all stakeholders, it is impossible to organize the Russian Grand Prix to the Russian Grand Prix. Current conditions,” F1 promoter Formula 1 said in a statement.
12:30 pm: FIS announces cancellation of all competitions in Russia
It didn’t take long for the International Ski Federation to react after the skicross World Cup debacle. FIS announced in a statement that all its competitions scheduled to be held in Russia have been canceled until the end of the season. “The FIS has decided to cancel or relocate all events scheduled for the end of the season in Russia in order to preserve all the participants and the integrity of the World Cup. “The International Ski Federation (FIS) writes in a press release.
11:30 am: A Skicross World Cup… empty
The Sunny Valley event held in Russia as part of the Skicross World Cup was abandoned by all countries on Friday. Surprised, the International Ski Federation (FIS) participated in the competition with 6 athletes… Russians.
11:00 am: Russian military occupation continues to affect the world of sports
From the first hours after the start of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, the reactions of the athletes multiplied. This Friday, the first sanctions from international organizations fell with the withdrawal of, among other things, the organization of the Champions League final from Russia.