International Boxing Association reinstates Russia and Belarus

5th October 2022

IBA Board of Directors voted in favor to cancel its previous decision and allow boxers of Russia and Belarus to compete at the IBA events with immediate effect. The IBA strongly believes that politics shouldn’t have any influence on sports. Hence, all athletes should be given equal conditions. Respecting its own autonomy as the international sports federation, the IBA shall remain politically neutral and independent. IBA calls for peace and remains a peacemaker in any conflicts. Moreover, the IBA has obligation to ensure equal treatment towards the athletes and competition officials, regardless of their nationality and residence. Both Russian and Belarus teams will be able to perform under their flags, and the national anthems will be played in case they win a gold medal. According to the decision, the technical officials of Russia and Belarus will also be back in the competitions.

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Top Finnish volleyball player banned from national team

29th July 2022

libero Lauri Kerminen plays for Dynamo Moscow club.

Finnish Volleyball Association President Lauri Inna told public broadcaster YLE “there is no other way to act now”. “The leadership of the union [Finnish Volleyball Association] was asked for help and we made a decision. Now the team doesn’t have to worry too much about this kind of thing.”

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Wimbledon update: Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova – don’t ban athletes because of their nationality

24th April

One of the guiding principles of the founding of the WTA was that any girl in the world if she was good enough, would have a place to compete. “I stood by that in 1973 and I stand by that today. I cannot support the banning of individual athletes from any tournament, simply because of their nationality.

“Tennis is stronger when we stand together, and our continued support of the Tennis Plays for Peace initiative, which provides meaningful financial support and resources to Ukraine, needs to be our focus”.

Another tennis legend said that banning Russian and Belarusian players was not the right thing to do.

“Exclusion is not the way to go,” Navratilova said. “And as much as I feel for the Ukrainian players and Ukrainian people, I think this is just going further than [the AELTC] needed to be going, quite frankly.

I think it’s the wrong decision. “It’s unfair to the whole world. There’s so much bad going on. I think this is not helpful. I understand the banning of teams, of course, but on an individual level, I just think it’s wrong”.

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Update: Wimbledon bans Russian and Belarusian players this year

20th April

“We have very carefully considered the alternative measures that might be taken within the UK Government guidance but, given the high profile environment of The Championships, the importance of not allowing sport to be used to promote the Russian regime and our broader concerns for public and player (including family) safety, we do not believe it is viable to proceed on any other basis at The Championships”

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Threats, bricks and discrimination in the Netherlands

6th April

Threats to restaurants, a supermarket and a brick thrown through windows. 11 reported accounts of discrimination including banned from attending a sports event, banned from accessing notary services, cancelled from music events. These are the reported ones, they think it is thetip of the iceberg.

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Wimbledon suspends tennis federations and deprives players of their nationality

1st March

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

– The ITF Board voted to suspend the Russian Tennis Federation and Belarus Tennis Federation membership and to withdraw their entries from all ITF international team competition. 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.

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Ukraine asks to ban ATP World No 1 tennis player

28th February

On Sunday the Ukrainian Tennis Federation urged the sport’s governing body the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to immediately expel Russia and Belarus from the organisation and ban Russia from team and individual tournaments.

“Let (Medvedev) play on the ATP Tour but Grand Slams are ITF events and if you lose the possibility to play in Grand Slams he could never be world number one,” Kevlych said. “He shouldn’t play in the French Open, US Open and Wimbledon.

“I don’t care that Russia is the holder of the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup. It would shame them when the holders are kicked out of these events.

“For Daniil to not represent the (Russian team) it’s not a big penalty for him but it’s a big shame for him. To represent a team with no flag, no anthem and no history in a team event, probably it would make him do the right thing.”

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