In shock, the sports world prepares for it

Be wary after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the world of sports reacts. And some stars are demanding a boycott of Russian events.

The sporting world, which is on the alert, is preparing to respond after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, starting with the Champions League final in St. Petersburg at the end of May, and some related to both countries. Threatening to hold an event in Ukraine. The UEFA, which strongly condemned Russia’s military aggression on Thursday, decided to urgently convene an executive committee on Friday (10 am). Its members, in line with the international community, could confuse the calendar for the coming months or lead them to impose sanctions on Moscow.

The top of the mountain is the fate of the Champions League final scheduled for May 28 in St. Petersburg. The stadium is named after the gas giant Gazprom, one of UEFA’s main sponsors since 2012. At this stage the UEFA “has not made a decision,” but the Union of European Associations is “working on various options” to relocate the conference, a source familiar with the matter told AFP.

Ukraine does not have handball

Moscow also needs to hold the 2022 World Cup semi-final between Russia and Poland on March 24, or the final on March 29 if “Sbornia” beats Robert Lewandowski’s team. there is. In addition to the C1 final, the Polish Minister of Sport also proposed on Tuesday to withdraw the organization of the Men’s Volleyball World Championship from Russia starting August 26th.

As part of that, the German club Schalke (D2) has decided to remove the name of its main sponsor, Gazprom, from the jersey. Meanwhile, a representative of a Russian company has resigned from his position on the board of corporate auditors.

Gazprom-owned Zenit St. Petersburg will play on the Europa League Betis Seville grounds Thursday night (9 pm). The Spanish club confirmed that the meeting was well maintained. FC Barcelona basketball player has postponed a trip to Neva’s bank, which was scheduled for the EuroLeague match against Zenit on Friday.

F1 World Champions Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel will also not be competing in the Russian Grand Prix in September. Playing in Ukraine seems even more complicated. The European Handball Federation (EHF) has decided to relocate or postpone the match scheduled for the Ukrainian soil to the next four weeks. Due to the outburst of conflict, the National Football League on Thursday suspended the Ukrainian Championship. The Ukrainian Championship resumed on Friday after more than two months of winter vacation.

“No war”

Some foreign players and coaches were wary of the situation and were caught up in the dilemma of staying loyal to their clubs wanting to leave the territory. “The situation is serious and we are stuck in Kiev waiting for a solution. We are in the hotel. Brazilian striker playing in Shakhtar Donetsk (with a Ukrainian passport) Announced Junior Moraes on Instagram: “I was here to play sports, so I didn’t leave, and I couldn’t turn my back on the championship and the supporters that followed us. “His coach, Roberto de Zervi of Italy, told the Italian agency Italpress.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a working group to “strongly condemn” the Olympic truce violations “by the Russian government” and to closely monitor the situation until the 7th (March 4-13) after the end of the Beijing Paralympics. .. This group also needs to “coordinate humanitarian assistance to members of the Ukrainian Olympic community as much as possible”.

Overseas, several Ukrainian soccer players have participated, including Benfica Lisbon striker Roman Yaremchuk and Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko. “Glory to Ukraine” wrote tennis player Elena Svitolina (formerly No. 3 in the world) on Instagram. In a rare Russian voice, international soccer player Fyodor Smolov wrote in a short Instagram message, “against the war,” followed by a broken heart with the Ukrainian flag. Tennis player Andrey Rublev appealed for “peace” after winning the quarterfinals of the Dubai tournament. This was “insignificant” given the “terrible” situation.

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