IOC urges sports bodies to cancel events in Russia and Belarus
The International Olympic Committee has become another massive sports organization to take on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
According to Associated Press’ Graham Dunbar, the IOC is urging sports governing bodies to move or cancel events scheduled in Russia and Belarus and also stop using those countries’ national flags and anthems.
Videos showed Russian forces and military equipment entering Ukraine from its border with Belarus.
The IOC considers Russia and Belarus to have breached the so-called “Olympic Truce”, which stipulates that participating countries must “allow safe participation” in the Games “for all athletes and spectators” and protect “the interests of the athletes and sport in general, and to harness the power of sport to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation more broadly.”
This year, “the Olympic Truce began seven days before the start of the Olympic Games, on February 4, 2022, and ends seven days after the closing of the Paralympic Games” on March 13.
UEFA has already moved the Champions League final originally scheduled for the Russian city of Saint Petersburg on May 28 to Paris, and Formula 1 has canceled this season’s Russian Grand Prix scheduled for September 25 in Sochi. European football‘s governing body also announced that Russian and Ukrainian national teams and clubs participating in UEFA competitions will play home games at neutral venues until further notice.
Russia are set to host Poland in a World Cup qualifier on March 24, but it is believed that FIFA could move that game or even kick Russia out of the Autumn World Cup entirely.