Sports Ban on Russia: FIFA, UEFA suspend all Russian clubs and teams

Sports Ban on Russia: FIFA and UEFA have together suspended all Russian teams and clubs from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice. 

FIFA, UEFA suspend all Russian team and clubs, Russia thrown out of FIFA World Cup 2022
FIFA, UEFA suspend all Russian team and clubs, Russia thrown out of FIFA World Cup 2022

Russia Sports Ban: FIFA and UEFA on February 28, 2022 suspended all Russian teams and clubs from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice. The decisions were taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the Executive Committee of UEFA. This means that Russia, which hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2018 will no longer feature in this year’s edition in Qatar. 

This comes after several European teams including England, Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic refused to play against Russia in the World Cup 2022 playoffs. FIFA Council had earlier barred the Russian football team from participating under the name of 'Russia' and has also banned the Russian flag and anthem from all its matches.

FIFA and UEFA together released a statement saying, “Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine. 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.”

There are also calls to ban Russian athletes from the Paralympic Games, which are scheduled to take place between March 4-13. 

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1. The International Judo Federation has suspended Vladimir Putin as Honorary President and Ambassador of the federation in the light of the ongoing war in Ukraine. The federation has also cancelled its May 20-22 Grand Slam event in Kazan, Russia.

2. FIFA throws Russia out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after its global governing body and UEFA together suspended all Russian national teams and clubs from all international competitions. The Russian men's football team had qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2022 playoffs, while the women's side had qualified for the European Championship in England.

3. Several teams including England, France,  Albania, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, Sweden, Wales had refused to play against Russia in solidarity with Ukraine at the time of its worst crisis. World champions France had called for Russia to be thrown out of 2022 World Cup.  

4. UEFA has decided to relocate the Champions League final, which was scheduled to be held in Saint Petersburg in Russia, to the Stade de France in Paris. UEFA has also ended its sponsorship agreement with the Russian energy giant Gazprom. 

5. Formula One has cancelled the 2022 Russian  Grand Prix saying it was "impossible" to do so after the country launched an invasion on neighbouring Ukraine. The race was scheduled to begin from September 25 at Sochi's Olympic park.

6. The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has urged all International Sports Federations to relocate or cancel their sports events currently planned in Russia or Belarus. The EB reiterated IOC’s strong condemnation of the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian and Belarus government. The Olympic Truce had begun seven days before the start of the Winter Olympic Games, on 4 February 2022, and ends seven days after the closing of the Paralympic Games, which is scheduled to take place between March 4-13. The IOC EB further urged all International Sports Federations to relocate or cancel their sports events currently planned in Russia or Belarus. 

7. The IOC EB has also urged that no Russian or Belarussian national flag shall be displayed and no Russian or Belarussian anthem will be played in international sports events that are not already part of the respective World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sanctions for Russia.

8. The International Chess Federation (FIDE) also informed that the Chess Olympiad and FIDE Congress will not take place in Moscow later this year. The federation is trying its best to find another organiser. 

9. European football clubs are also cutting ties with Russian companies. Chelsea's Russian owner Roman Abramovich has handed over control of the club to the team's foundation trustees, amid speculation he could possibly face sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. English Premier League football club Manchester United has withdrawn Russian airline Aeroflot's sponsorship rights. The airline has also been banned from flying to the United Kingdom and its foreign carrier permit has been suspended. 

10. Five World Cup skiing events that were scheduled to be held in Russia this weekend and next month have been cancelled by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and are likely to held at some other venue. 

11. The World Curling Federation Board stripped the Russian city of Perm of the European Curling Championships, which were scheduled for May, in an emergency meetinG. 

12. The Board of European Aquatics has postponed women's water polo Euro League quarter-final game, which was scheduled to be held in Russia. 

13. The global governing body for swimming, FINA has also called off men's water polo World League match that was scheduled to be held in St. Petersburg next month.

14. An Artistic Swimming and Diving World Series event that was scheduled to be held in Kazan in April has also been cancelled. 

15. The International Tennis Federation also has events scheduled in Russia and Ukraine. The federation is monitoring the current situation closely and will then take a decision.

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