War in Ukraine: Update on federations that have decided to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes…


“The FIVB Board of Directors has concluded that it will be impossible to prepare and hold a World Championship in Russia due to the war in Ukraine,” FIVB’s press release said. Said.

“FIVB will seek an alternative host country or countries to ensure that the global volleyball family, including national federations, athletes, officials and fans, feel safe and proud to be a part of celebrating the sport, happy and peaceful.”

Russia became the Olympic champion by losing 3-2 to France in the final held in Tokyo last summer. He holds the record for world titles with 6 victories and twelve podiums, but has not been in the top rung since 1982, when the country was still under the USSR flag.

Field Hockey

Russian and Belarusian national hockey teams, as well as officials from these two countries, have been excluded from competitions organized by the European Hockey Federation (EHF), according to the announcement made by the European Hockey Federation (EHF) on Tuesday.

The decision comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendation on Monday to ban Russians and Belarusians from sports competitions after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The EHF “approves and fully supports this IOC decision”.

“We hope that a peaceful solution will be found soon and we will continue to monitor the situation closely with the national member federations. We offer our full support to the Ukrainian Hockey Federation,” he said.

The EHF will “communicate in the coming days about the impact of this decision on future events”.


The international swimming federation (FINA) did not exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes from their competitions. They will be able to continue to participate in competitions individually and under a neutral flag. Teams from these two countries will be considered neutral status. The decision was announced on Tuesday.

The press release also clarified about the Russians that “no national symbols, colors or flags should be displayed or anthem should be played in international competitions”.

FINA did not follow the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) recommendations to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from competitions. However, “FINA remains deeply concerned about the impact of the war on the swimming community and the Ukrainian population in general. FINA will continue to monitor the serious situation carefully and take further decisions if necessary. »

The governing body of the second Olympic sport also withdrew the FINA Order, which was awarded to Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2014.


The Badminton International Federation (BWF) has formalized the suspension, until further notice, of Russia and Belarus, and of athletes and officials representing these countries in BWF-sanctioned international tournaments. »

This sanction will take effect from the German Open, scheduled for March 8-13, in Mülheim.

The badminton board states that these measures were taken “in line with new recommendations from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive committee, published Monday, aimed at protecting the integrity of competitions and ensuring the safety of athletes.” »

BWF had already decided to cancel all tournaments held under its auspices in Russia and Belarus.


The International Football Federation (FIFA) and the Association of European Football Associations (UEFA) jointly announced on Monday that they are suspending Russian national teams and clubs from their competitions “until further notice” in response to Russia’s invasion. Ukraine. This decision should therefore most likely prevent Russia from participating in the 2022 World Cup, whose play-offs are scheduled for March.

“Following the initial decisions taken by the Fifa Council and UEFA Executive Committee, which led to the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA jointly decided to suspend the participation of all Russian teams in FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice. national teams or club teams,” the two institutions wrote in their press release.

“Football here is fully united and gives full support to everyone affected in Ukraine. The two presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and quickly so that football can once again become the vector of unity and peace among peoples. »

The Russians, who hosted the last World Cup in 2018, should therefore be disqualified from the playoffs of the next edition, which they have to play at the end of March, and eventually have to play with a ticket for the tournament scheduled for Qatar. 2022 (21 November – 18 December). They are due to face Poland on March 24, but the Poles have repeatedly said they will refuse to play even on neutral ground.

The Russian women’s election also failed to play Euro in England in July. Spartak Moscow, the last Russian club to qualify for the European Cup this season, is also excluded. The Moscow club was to challenge Leipzig in the qualifying stages of the Europa League on March 10 that pushed the Germans straight into the quarters.


Russian clubs involved in Euroleague (C1) and Eurocup (C2) basketball have been suspended from these two competitions due to the “war in Ukraine”, according to a statement Monday by ECA, the company that manages these two events.

CSKA Moscow, Kazan and Zenit Saint-Petersburg’s participation in the Euroleague, Kuban Krasnodar in the Eurocup has been suspended, a press release identified the Euroleague Commercial Asset.

“If the situation does not develop positively, all regular season games against Russian teams will be canceled in order to restructure the league standings,” adds the ECA.

“Euroleague and its clubs reiterate their firm commitment to peace against any acts of violence or war, and will continue to use their voices to promote the values, respect, inclusion and diversity that are at the heart of the organization and its teams,” said the statement.


The European Handball Federation (EHF) announced on Monday that the national handball teams of Russia and Belarus, as well as the clubs of these two countries participating in European competitions, are suspended “with immediate effect” and “until further notice”. The EHF Executive Committee took this decision in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s suspension could have consequences for Belgium. The Red Wolves will face Slovakia in the first round of the 2023 Men’s World Cup play-offs on March 16 and 19. The winner is expected to face Russia in the final round scheduled for mid-April.

The next World Cup will be played in Sweden and Poland in January 2023. Belgium aims to participate in a major tournament for the first time.


The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has canceled all international competitions scheduled for 2022 in Russia and Belarus. In a statement released Monday evening, the organization said it was following the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) recommendation on Friday to relocate or cancel all horses. Sporting events planned in these two countries after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Additionally, the FEI Board is asking the FEI Board to consider an emergency decision “banning the participation of all Russian athletes and officials” following the new recommendation announced by the IOC on Monday.

The FEI also announced the allocation of a one million Swiss Franc (972,000 Euro) solidarity fund in favor of the equestrian community in Ukraine.

motor sports

The World Motor Sports Council will hold an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday to discuss “issues related to the current crisis in Ukraine”, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), said on Monday evening. This announcement came just hours after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) proposal to ban Russians and Belarusians from sports competitions after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This meeting could have implications for Russian Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin from the Haas team. His father, Dmitry Mazepin, is the owner of the Russian company Uralkali, one of the main sponsors of the Haas team. Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the team decided to remove the Uralkali logo from their vehicles on the last day of pre-season testing in Barcelona last Friday.

Other pilots may be affected. Robert Shwartzman is a Ferrari test driver and has been racing in Formula 2 for the past two seasons. Aleksandr Smolyar is developing it in Formula 3.

Last Friday, F1 announced that the Russian Grand Prix, scheduled for September 25 in Sochi, was “impossible to organize in the current circumstances”.

Ice Hockey

Like football, ice hockey has excluded Russia and Belarus from their international competitions. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has banned Russian and Belarusian teams from all competitions “until further notice” following the occupation of Ukraine by the Russian armed forces and their Belarusian allies. Additionally, after Monday’s extraordinary management meeting, the IIHF has decided that Russia will withdraw from hosting the 2023 junior world championship.

Therefore, the two countries will not participate in the next World Cup, which will be held in Finland from 13 to 29 May.

Ice hockey is a major sport in Russia, with national team Sbornaja winning the world title 27 times, a record they share with Canada.

Russia won the silver medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics on February 20, but lost 2-1 to Finland in the final.


The International Ice Skating Federation (ISU) has excluded Russian and Belarusian participants from all competitions and major events with immediate effect. The ISU said it was a decision linked to the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army and the participation of its Belarusian ally.

They will therefore not qualify for the Speed ​​Skating World Cup finals to be held in Heerenveen on 12 and 13 March. From March 21 to 27, the World Figure Skating Championships in Montpellier will also take place without them.