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Sporting federations, associations and committees impose sanctions on Russia and Belarus, with the International Paralympic Committee being the latest

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has joined a long list of sporting federations, associations and committees that have banned or posed sanctions on Russia and Belarus. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang TPX

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has joined a long list of sporting federations, associations and committees that have banned or posed sanctions on Russia and Belarus. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang TPX

Published Mar 4, 2022

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DURBAN - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has joined a long list of sporting federations, associations and committees that have banned or imposed sanctions on Russia and Belarus since President Vladimir Putin decided to invade Ukraine last week.

The sporting codes include but are not limited to soccer, rugby, athletics and tennis.

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On Thursday, the IPC said it would decline athlete entries from the Russian Paralympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee Belarus for Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.

“This means that Para athletes from these respective countries will no longer be allowed to participate in the Games which open on March 4, 2022,” read an IPC statement.

On Tuesday, the World Athletics Council agreed to impose sanctions against the Member Federations of Russia and Belarus as a consequence of the invasion of Ukraine.

“All athletes, support personnel and officials from Russia and Belarus will be excluded from all World Athletics Series events for the foreseeable future, with immediate effect.”

“Upcoming events include the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22, and the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships Muscat 22, which begin on Friday in Oman (March 4).”

The Council also agreed to consider further measures, including the suspension of the Belarus Federation, at its scheduled Council meeting next week (March 9-10),” read its statement.

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The International Tennis Federation issued a joint statement by the international governing bodies of tennis.

It said the international governing bodies of tennis stood united in their condemnation of Russia’s actions and, as a result, were in agreement with the following decisions and actions:

The WTA and ATP Boards have made the decision to suspend the WTA / ATP combined event, scheduled this October in Moscow.

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The ITF Board has made the decision to suspend the Russian Tennis Federation and Belarus Tennis Federation membership and to withdraw their entries from all ITF international team competitions until further notice. This action follows the cancellation of all ITF tournaments in Russia and Belarus indefinitely.

At this time, players from Russia and Belarus will continue to be allowed to compete in international tennis events on Tour and at the Grand Slams. However, they will not compete under the name or flag of Russia or Belarus until further notice.

On Monday, Fifa and Uefa decided that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both Fifa and Uefa competitions until further notice.

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This comes after initial decisions adopted by the Fifa Council and the Uefa Executive Committee, which envisaged the adoption of additional measures.

“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,” read their statement.

World Rugby confirmed that it had imposed sporting sanctions on Russia and Belarus.

The World Rugby Executive Committee decided to take immediate additional steps to protect the rugby family and take a strong stance against the conflict in line with recommendations by the International Olympic Committee (IOC):

The full and immediate suspension of Russia and Belarus from all international rugby and cross-border club rugby activities until further notice.

The full and immediate suspension of the Rugby Union of Russia from World Rugby membership until further notice.

“The decision has been taken with the interests of rugby’s values of solidarity, integrity and respect at heart. World Rugby also remains in contact with colleagues at the Ukraine Rugby Federation and has pledged its full support to the rugby community in the country.”

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) discussed again the dilemma the Olympic Movement is currently facing after the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian government and the government of Belarus through its support in this.

“In order to protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all the participants, the IOC EB recommends that International Sports Federations and sports event organisers not invite or allow the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials in international competitions.”

The International Basketball Federation, International Volleyball Federation, International Fencing Federation, among others, have also imposed sanctions on Russia and Belarus.

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