These are the sports that Russia has been suspended from

Although there were no Russian teams remaining in UEFA’s men’s or women’s Champions League and men’s Conference League, Spartak Moscow’s match against RB Leipzig in the Europa League has been called off, with the German club now advancing to the quarterfinals as a result.

On the international stage, FIFA’s jurisdiction over World Cup qualifiers means that, as it stands, Russia will not be able to play its World Cup playoff against Poland scheduled for March 24 — and could possibly miss out on football’s showpiece event as a result.

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine,” the joint statement read. “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: FIFA and UEFA suspend all Russian international and club teams from competitions


On Monday, World Rugby announced that it had suspended the Russia and Belarus national teams from “all international rugby and cross-border club rugby activities until further notice,” as well as suspending the Rugby Union of Russia’s World Rugby membership.

Russia had not yet secured qualification to next year’s men’s Rugby World Cup.

“World Rugby reiterates its condemnation of Russia’s aggressive invasion of Ukraine and the facilitation of this action by Belarus,” the statement read.

“The global rugby family is united in standing in solidarity with everyone affected by these deeply disturbing events and joins the global community in calling for the restoration of peace.

“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.”

Ice hockey

On Monday, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) suspended all of Russia’s and Belarus’ international and club teams at every age group from competing in all IIHF competitions or events.

Vladimir Putin is being stripped of his honorary sporting titles amid Ukraine invasion

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 said.

“The IIHF is not a political entity and cannot influence the decisions being taken over the war in Ukraine,” IIHF President Luc Tardif said in the statement.

“We nevertheless have a duty of care to all of our members and participants and must therefore do all we can to ensure that we are able to operate our events in a safe environment for all teams taking part in the IIHF World Championship program.

“We were incredibly shocked to see the images that have come out of Ukraine. I have been in close contact with members of the Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine and we hope for all Ukrainians that this conflict can be resolved in a peaceful way and without the need for further violence.”


The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) announced on Tuesday it was stripping Russia of hosting rights for this year’s men’s Volleyball World Championship.

Russia was set to host the World Championships between August 26 and September 11.

“Following Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, the FIVB remains gravely concerned by the escalating situation and for the safety of the people of Ukraine,” the statement read.

“The FIVB Board of Administration has come to the conclusion that it would be impossible to prepare and stage the World Championships in Russia due to the war in Ukraine.”

FIVB followed up that decision by announcing that all Russian and Belarusian national teams, clubs and officials, as well as beach and snow volleyball athletes, will be suspended from all events until further notice.


On Monday, the World Curling Federation announced it would be removing all Russian entries from the upcoming World Championships, should there be no objections during its three-day evaluation window.

The women’s World Championships are set to be hosted in Canada from March 19 to March 27 and the men’s in Las Vegas from April 2 to April 10, with the mixed doubles, seniors, wheelchair and junior championships also affected.

“The World Curling Federation strongly condemns the military action undertaken by the Russian Government in their invasion of Ukraine and continues to hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the situation,” the statement read.


The International Skating Union (ISU) announced on Tuesday it has suspended Russian and Belarusian skaters from participating in all international ice skating competitions, including ISU Championships and other ISU events.

Elina Svitolina: Worried for her parents, Ukrainian tennis star says she has been suffering sleepless nights

The governing body added that the suspension will come into immediate effect and be in place until further notice.

“The ISU Council reaffirms its full solidarity with the ISU Members in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Speed Skating Federation and the Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation. The ISU Council will evaluate possibilities for swift humanitarian assistance to its Ukrainian ISU Members,” read the statement.

“The ISU Council will continue to closely monitor the situation in Ukraine and its impact on the ISU activity and will take additional steps if and when required.”


On Tuesday, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) withdrew the FINA Order previously awarded to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin was awarded FINA’s highest honor in October 2014 as a result of his “important support in the organisation of major FINA events in Russian soil […] and providing increased value to Aquatics within the Russian society and worldwide.”

The governing body, though, stopped short of excluding Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in its competitions.

FINA said that while no athlete or team from Russia or Belarus could compete under the countries’ names or national flags, they could be accepted as neutrals.

On Sunday, FINA canceled the World Junior Championships which were due to be staged in Kazan, Russia in August, but the World Short-Course Championships (25m) scheduled to take place in the same city in December remains on.

“FINA remains deeply concerned about the impact of the war on the aquatics community and the wider population of Ukraine. FINA will continue to carefully monitor the grave situation and make further decisions as appropriate,” it said in a statement.

READ: Vladimir Putin is being stripped of his honorary sporting titles amid Ukraine invasion


The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Tuesday announced it was suspending all Russian athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus from competing in BWF-sanctioned events.

The BWF had already canceled all tournaments in Russia and Belarus effective immediately and the ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes will begin at the German Open on March 8.

A “small number” of Russian athletes that had already arrived in Spain for Para badminton tournaments will be allowed to compete, but will do so as neutral athletes with no flag or anthem.

“BWF remains committed to supporting the people of Ukraine, and the Ukrainian badminton community, as part of the sports movement’s mission to promote peace and solidarity between all people,” the statement read.


Last week, the International Skiing Federation (FIS) announced that all remaining World Cup events scheduled to be held in Russia this season would be canceled.

The decision impacts six events in total, with the FIS already looking for countries to replace Russia as host.

The FIS went further on Tuesday by suspending the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in all of its competitions.

“The FIS Council does not take the decision lightly not to allow any athlete to participate in any competition and is only doing so in accordance with the FIS Statues, which states ‘FIS shall conduct its activities in a politically neutral manner’, which is a cornerstone of the FIS values adopted by its 140 member nations,” a statement read.

“The Council expressed its deepest and sincerest hope that the conflict in Ukraine will come to an end quickly and that the international sports community can begin the process of healing and once again compete with all athletes and nations present.

“As previously announced, FIS, in solidarity with the Ski Federation of Ukraine, is providing immediate financial, logistical and technical support to Ukrainian athletes and teams until they are safely able to return home.”

Formula One

Last week, Formula One announced it had canceled the Russian Grand Prix scheduled for September 25 this year, saying that “it is impossible” that the race goes ahead “in the current circumstances.”

“We are watching the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the present situation,” F1 said in a statement.

The FIA, motorsport’s governing body, is reportedly meeting on Tuesday partly to discuss the participation of F1’s only Russian driver, Nikita Mazepin, in this season’s World Championship.

CNN’s Aleks Klosok contributed to this report.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.