Sporting fraternity cancels on Russia

Several international sport organisations like FIBA, FINA, IJF have cancelled tournaments in Russia due to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.


Furthermore, the International Judo Federation announced the suspension of Mr. Vladimir Putin’s status as Honorary President and Ambassador of the International Judo Federation.


Marius L. Vizer President – International Judo Federation said: “The International Judo Federation announces with regret the cancellation of the 2022 Grand Slam in Kazan, Russia, which was planned to be held 20th to 22nd May 2022. We are saddened by the current international situation, the result of inefficient dialogue at international level.


We, the sports community, must remain united and strong, to support each other and our universal values, in order to always promote peace and friendship, harmony and unity.


“The judo family hopes that the current unrest can be solved in the last moment, to re-establish normality and stability in Eastern Europe and the world, to once again be able to focus on the diverse cultures, history and legacy of Europe, in the most positive way.”


FINA stated: “We remain extremely concerned with the continuing war in Ukraine and following ongoing consultation with athletes and stakeholders from the aquatics family, FINA can now confirm that the 8th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships (23 – 28 August) is cancelled and FINA will not be holding any future events in Russia if this grave crisis continues.


“FINA reiterates its pledge to provide whatever practical support it can to members of the Aquatics family who are impacted by this situation and expresses its deepest sympathies and support to the people of Ukraine.”


Manchester United announced that they were putting an end to their sponsorship with Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline after it was banned from United Kingdon’s airspace.

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