IOC raises voice with Russian and Belarusian athletes
Four days before the start of the Paralympic Games in Beijing on Friday, the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Committee “urged all International Sports Federations to delay or cancel sporting events currently scheduled in Russia or Belarus. Violation of the Olympic Truce by the Russian and Belarusian governments “The IOC has no scheduled events in Russia or Belarus.”
Tennis: “Stop the war”, the alarm cry of Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Russian tennis player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (30) posted an anti-war message on social media on Monday: “I’ve been playing tennis since I was a kid. I’ve represented Russia all my life. This is my home, my country. But today, I’m scared like my friends and family. I’m not afraid of my situation. I am against war and violence,” wrote the 14th actress in the world. Personal ambitions or political motivations cannot justify violence.” Pavlyuchenkova expresses her “discord” with the decisions taken. “Stop violence, stop war,” she concludes.
Football: Ireland rules out any match against Russia until further notice
The Irish Football Association announced its full support for Ukraine. “No Irish team will play at any level against Russia until further notice,” said FAIreland. AVIVA Stadium will be illuminated with the colors of Ukraine, yellow and blue, at 19.00 tonight as a sign of solidarity.
Has Russia been excluded from the Women’s European Championship?
UEFA is on the verge of suspending Russia from all its competitions in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, according to information from German agency SID, a sports subsidiary of AFP, on Monday. The first team to be affected will be Spartak Moscow, which will play the Europa League round of 16 against RB Leipzig in March. According to this decision, the Russian women’s election would also be removed from the Euro held in England in July. He needs to play in the group consisting of the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. According to SID, the decision to suspend Russia is supported by several federations, including the powerful German (DFB) and British (FA) federations. “I can’t imagine a match against Russia, that’s not possible,” Peter Peters, Fifa board member and DFB presidential candidate, told SID.
Shakhtar Donetsk: Roberto De Zerbi returns to Italy
In a video released by Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukrainian team coach Roberto De Zerbi assures that he “returned safely to his family”, but explains that he “cannot be this happy” until Ukraine is free like us. “. He wanted to send a message to “stop the war”, having a thought for the Ukrainians: “Victory to Ukraine!”
Europa League: Spartak Moscow in the quarters, towards the exclusion of Leipzig
According to Bild and Sky, UEFA will expel Russian club Spartak Moscow from the Europa League. The Moscow club will face the Germans of RB Leipzig in the round of 16 (debut on March 10 and return on March 17). German media adds that Christopher Nkunku’s club will advance to the quarter-finals. The European body has yet to make an official statement.
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The world of judo lost Putin
Suspended on Sunday from his position as honorary president and ambassador of the international judo federation, Vladimir Putin was stripped of his status by the European Judo Union (EJU): “In light of the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine, the European Judo Union has appointed Mr. Vladimir Putin as honorary president of the EJU. withdrawal of its status,” writes the authority in a press release on its site. Sergey Soloveychik, President of the European Judo Union and Vice-President of the Russian Federation, resigned from his EJU post last weekend.
Former Russian boxer Povetkin defends Russian occupation and wants to “fight Nazism”
Former boxer Alexander Povetkin sided with Russia in the conflict between his country and Ukraine. He gave a clear speech in a post on social networks, where he appeared with a Russian flag in the background.
“We fought for truth all these years while the Slavs were being destroyed in Donbass. That’s why I decided to defend the ordinary people, to fight against Nazism, which parasitizes us. Every war has an end. I hope it has an end. It will end in the coming days.”
Alexander Povetkin was specifically Olympic champion in super heavyweight in 2004 in Athens.
It’s official, Schalke leaves main sponsor Gazprom
A powerful decision as well as symbolic for German D2 club Schalke 04. The formation of Gelsenkirchen formalized on Monday the violation of the contract with its main partner, the Russian firm Gazprom. Schalke said he was confident in finding a new sponsor.
2022 World Cup Dams: ‘Disappointed’ by Fifa’s decision, Sweden also continues its pressure
In a statement released on Monday, the Swedish Football Federation reacted to FIFA’s decision to resume the World Cup playoffs against a potential rival, Russia, under the ground and neutral flag. “SvFF is disappointed with Fifa’s decision, but is determined to continue working with other federations to cancel Russia’s upcoming World Cup playoffs.” Like the Russians’ first rivals, Poland and the Czech Republic, the Swedish Federation insists that Sweden “will not play any matches against Russia due to the illegal and deeply unjustified occupation of Ukraine”. The Czech and Polish Football Associations” add the SVFF, which says “continuing the dialogue with Fifa”.
Lomachenko, Usyk, Amosov… Ukrainian athletes take up arms
Ukrainian athletes mobilize in the conflict with Russia. After former tennis players Sergei Stakhovsky and Klitschko brothers, several martial arts experts announced their enlistment in the ranks of the Ukrainian army.
And not the least. World heavyweight boxing champion Olexandr Usyk has returned to his country to join a local association, as has former world lightweight boxing champion Vasil Lomachenko. World heavyweight champion Yaroslav Amosov in Bellator at MMA also took up arms.
Vasyl Lomachenko joined the Ukrainian army to defend his country
Ukrainian boxer, WBO featherweight, WBO super featherweight, WBA, WBO and WBC lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko has announced that he has joined a defense battalion to defend his country against Russian invasion. The 34-year-old boxer posted a photo of himself wearing a military uniform and carrying a gun.
Ukrainian athletes publish open letter calling for suspension of Russians and Belarusians
Justin Wadswoth, Hayley Wickenheiser, Andrea Proske and Jannifer Casson signed an open letter to International Olympic and Paralympic Committee chairs Thomas Bach and Andrew Parsons to “suspend the Russian and Belarusian Olympic and Paralympic committees” and “ban all athletes”. Including the Paralympic Games in Beijing.”
Ukrainian athletes beg the IOC and IPC to “join the international community in imposing sanctions on Russia and Belarus”.
Klopp ‘does not understand how an adult can put the whole world in such a situation’
Jurgen Klopp, who won the League Cup with Liverpool after sensational penalty shootouts at Wembley (0-0, 11 to 10) on Sunday, reacted to the situation in Ukraine minutes after the final whistle was blown.
Swedish media asked Viaplay FootballThe German manager explained that he “couldn’t understand how an adult could put the whole world in such a situation,” adding: “I know a lot of Ukrainians and Russians, it’s clearly not about people, it’s a very bad man’s war.”
Chelsea Foundation trustees have reportedly not yet accepted Abramovich’s offer
After Chelsea announced the withdrawal of Russian owner Roman Abramovich and a brief press release posted on the Blues website, the Daily Mail and the BBC announced on Monday that the club is being run by the foundation’s directors. not yet confirmed. Some may even decline the offer, specifically requesting additional details and questioning their role as a charity director and their compatibility with a club’s management.