War in Ukraine: sport by sport, the point about sanctions against Russia

On February 28, four days after the Russian invasion, the IOC called for Russians and Belarusians to be banned from all sports competitions. “dilemma” “While athletes from Russia and Belarus could continue to participate in sporting events, many Ukrainian athletes are prevented by the attack on their country.”


In addition to the decision to dismiss Russian clubs from the European Cups next season, UEFA also decided on Monday to change selection football by replacing Russia this summer (July 6-31) in England with Portugal for the 2022 European Championship. ladies.

Before that, FIFA and the European body had, in a joint decision on February 28, ordered the exclusion of Russia from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (November 21 – December 18), as well as from all its squads and all its clubs. “until further notice”.


On April 20, Wimbledon organizers decided to exclude the Russians and Belarusians from the 2022 edition of the London tournament, the third round of the Grand Slam, as well as from all grass events in Britain this summer, which means sparked outrage from the players involved in particular.

This sanction also drew criticism from the ATP, as the world tennis authorities have chosen to allow Russian players, including the short-lived world No.1 Daniil Medvedev, to play in the men’s circuit, WTA and Grand Slam tournaments. under neutral banner.

On the other hand, teams from Russia and Belarus were excluded from the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup.


World Athletics, the international athletics federation, decided in early March to exclude Russians and Belarusians “for the foreseeable future and with immediate effect”.

Not a single Russian athlete took part in the Indoor Worlds in Belgrade (March 18-20). Also this summer no Russian delegation World Cup in Eugene (Oregon).


After initially limiting itself to banning the Russian and Belarusian flags and national anthems, the International Federation finally decided to ban the athletes and also the judges of these two countries, where gymnastics is an important sport, from its competitions.


Fina (International Swimming Federation) first decided to cancel her competitions on Russian soil while allowing the swimmers to line up individually before excluding them until the end of the year.


The International Judo Federation (IJF) has suspended Vladimir Putin from his honorary president status and canceled matches on Russian soil, but allows Russians to compete under a neutral banner.

In response, the Russian Judo Federation has voluntarily suspended the participation of its teams in international competitions. And therefore did not send a judoka to Sofia, where the European Championships took place this weekend.

And also…

The Federations of Ice Hockey (IIHF), Volleyball (FIVB), Handball (IHF), Rugby (World Rugby), Badminton (BWF), Speed ​​Skating (ISU), Canoeing (ICF), Basketball (Fiba), Alpine Skiing (FIS) and Climbing (IFSC) have also chosen to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from their competitions.

The organization of the 2022 World Volleyball Championship has been withdrawn from Russia in favor of Poland and Slovenia. The International Cycling Union (UCI) has also banned the Russian and Belarusian teams from its events and revoked the UCI status of the professional team Gazprom/RusVelo, the only high-level Russian team in the international peloton.