Although there were no Russian teams left in the UEFA Men’s or Women’s Champions League and Men’s Conference League, Spartak Moscow’s match against RB Leipzig in the Europa League was called off, with the German club qualifying now for the quarter-finals.
Internationally, FIFA’s jurisdiction over World Cup qualifiers means that, as things stand, Russia will not be able to play their World Cup qualifier against Poland scheduled for March 24 – and could therefore possibly miss football’s showpiece event.
“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all those affected in Ukraine,” the joint statement read. “Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and quickly so that football can once again be a vehicle for unity and peace among peoples.”
The World Athletics Council on Tuesday announced new sanctions barring all athletes from Russia and Belarus from competing in World Series of Athletics events “with immediate effect”.
The board said it was also considering taking other steps, such as the potential suspension of the Federation of Belarus, as it has done with the Russian Athletics Federation since 2015.
Even Russian athletes who have been cleared to compete as neutral athletes will be barred from World Series of Athletics events “for the foreseeable future”.
“The world is horrified by what Russia has done, aided and abetted by Belarus,” World Athletics chairman Sebastian Coe said in a statement. “World leaders sought to avert this invasion through diplomatic means, but to no avail given Russia’s unwavering intent to invade Ukraine.
“The unprecedented sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus by countries and industries around the world appear to be the only peaceful way to disrupt and neutralize Russia’s current intentions and restore peace.”
Upcoming events that will be affected are the World Championships in Athletics in Oregon, which are scheduled to begin July 15, and the World Indoor Championships, which are scheduled to begin March 18.
“Anyone who knows me will understand that imposing sanctions on athletes because of their government’s actions goes against the grain,” Coe added. “I have denounced the practice of politicians targeting athletes and sport to make political points while other sectors go about their business.
“It’s different, because governments, companies and other international organizations have imposed sanctions and measures against Russia in all sectors. Sport must step up and join these efforts to end this war and restore peace. We cannot and must not abstain.”
Additionally, the ITF has also canceled all ITF competitions from Russia and Belarus.
The indefinite suspension means that neither Russia nor Belarus can participate in the 2022 Davis Cup or the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup. However, Russian and Belarusian players will still be allowed to compete as individuals on the ATP Tours and WTA and at Grand Slam tournaments, but they will not be allowed to compete under the Russian or Belarusian flag “until further notice”.
Last week, Formula 1 announced it had canceled the Russian Grand Prix scheduled for September 25 this year, saying “it is impossible” for the race to take place “under the current circumstances”.
“We watch the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and hope for a quick and peaceful resolution to the current situation,” F1 said in a statement.
The FIA, motorsport’s governing body, would meet on Tuesday in part to discuss the participation of Russia’s only F1 driver, Nikita Mazepin, in this season’s World Championship.
On Monday, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) suspended all international and club teams from Russia and Belarus of all age groups from participating in any IIHF competitions or events.
The IIHF said the decision impacts several tournaments, including May’s men’s world championships in Finland, where Russia and Belarus will no longer be able to compete.
Russia will also be stripped of its right to host the World Junior Championship in 2023, the IIHF has announced.
“The IIHF is not a political entity and cannot influence decisions made regarding the war in Ukraine,” IIHF President Luc Tardif said in a statement.
“We nevertheless have a duty of care to all of our members and participants and must therefore do everything we can to ensure that we are able to operate our events in a safe environment for all teams participating in the World Championship programme. the IIHF.
“We were incredibly shocked to see the footage that came out of Ukraine. I have been in close contact with members of the Ukrainian Ice Hockey Federation and we hope for all Ukrainians that this conflict can be resolved in a peaceful and without the need for further violence.”
Other sports sanctions
- Badminton: All Russian athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus are suspended from Badminton World Federation sanctioned competitions.
- Baseball and softball: No Russian or Belarusian athlete or official will be invited or permitted to participate in international competitions sanctioned by the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC).
- Basketball: Russian teams and officials “will not be allowed to participate in FIBA Basketball and 3×3 Basketball competitions until further notice”, according to the International Basketball Federation.
- Canoe Kayak: All athletes from Russia and Belarus will be suspended from all International Canoe Federation (ICF) competitions.
- Curling: All Russian entries will be withdrawn from upcoming World Championships by the World Curling Federation (WCF).
- Cycling: The Russian and Belarusian national teams or selections “are not authorized to participate in any event” sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI). Additionally, the UCI has announced that any team with Russian or Belarusian nationality will have their UCI team status revoked and all events taking place in Russia or Belarus will be removed – five in total. The Russian and Belarusian National Championships are removed from the UCI calendar and all “emblems, names, acronyms, flags and anthems” of Russia and Belarus will be banned from UCI events. Russian and Belarusian athletes will, however, be allowed to participate in UCI events as neutrals as long as they “are registered in a UCI team that is neither Russian nor Belarusian”.
- Hockey: Russia banned from the FIH Junior Women’s World Cup of Hockey scheduled for April 1-12 in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
- Pentathlon: All Russian athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus are suspended from international competitions sanctioned by the World Pentathlon (UIPM).
- Rowing: All Russian athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus are suspended from international competitions sanctioned by World Rowing.
- Rugby: The national teams of Russia and Belarus are suspended from “all international rugby and club cross-border rugby activities until further notice” by World Rugby. The Russian Rugby Federation’s membership of World Rugby has also been suspended.
- Veil: All Russian athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus are suspended from international competitions sanctioned by World Sailing. Where this is not possible due to “short deadlines”, Russian and Belarusian athletes will participate “in a neutral manner, without symbols, colors, flags or national anthems”.
- Skating: Russian and Belarusian skaters suspended from participating in all international ice skating competitions by the International Skating Union (ISU).
- Ski: All other FIS World Cup events scheduled to be held in Russia this season are to be canceled and all Russian and Belarusian skiers are suspended from participating in all FIS competitions.
- Swim: Russian President Vladimir Putin has his Order of FINA awarded by the International Swimming Federation (FINA).
- Triathlon: World Triathlon said that Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials will not be allowed to participate “in any international competitions or official events”, to be reviewed monthly according to “the evolution of the situation”.
- Volleyball: Russia will be stripped of the rights to host this year’s Men’s Volleyball World Championship by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and all Russian and Belarusian national teams, clubs and officials, as well as athletes beach and snow volleyball, will be suspended from all events until further notice.
CNN’s Aleks Klosok contributed to this report.