Champions League, Formula 1…Sporting events postponed or moved due to war in Ukraine

Football: Champions League final at the Stade de France

The Champions League final, scheduled for May 28 in St Petersburg, has been moved to the Stade de France.

Sweden, for its part, could face Russia in the European play-off final to reach the 2022 World Cup, with the country announcing on Thursday that it refuses to play against the Russian.

The Ukrainian Championship has been suspended until further notice. Foreign players playing in Premier-Liha are currently trying to leave the country.

Basketball: No Russian game in Euroleague

A month after the regular season ends, Russia’s three Euroleague clubs – CSKA Moscow, Yonex Kazan, Zenit St Petersburg – have all but qualified for the play-offs and will no longer be able to host matches in Russia. The European competition was decided on Friday without specifying where the clubs would play.

Three games from last Thursday and Friday have already been postponed: Bayern Munich-CSKA Moscow, Viktoria-Kazan and Zenith-Barcelona. The Europa League decision also applies to the Euro Cup, representing Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar.

The Russian national team can host the Netherlands (80-69) on Thursday in qualifying for the 2023 World Cup. But the Dutch refused to host the Russian in their second game on Sunday. As such, this was postponed as was the two meetings between the UK and Belarus. The Belarusian team’s visa has been cancelled by the UK Home Office.

F1: Sochi Grand Prix cancelled

On Friday, Formula 1 decided to cancel the Sochi Grand Prix scheduled for the weekend of September 23-25. The day before, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel called for a boycott of the game.

Rugby: Postponements and cancellations announced

The snow rugby tournament, originally scheduled for February 27-28 in Moscow, was finally cancelled and cancelled. The European Rugby Championship match between Georgia and Russia scheduled for Sunday in Tbilisi has been postponed. Finally, there is currently no postponement or cancellation of the meeting against Spain and Russia in the framework of the Women’s European Championships, which must be held in Madrid on Saturday.

Handball: Nantes and Paris Saint-Germain match postponed

The European Handball Federation has decided not to play matches on Russian or Ukrainian soil. As a result, teams from both countries will have to play elsewhere, especially Moscow, against Bucharest and Sila Badenbele in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Delayed for a while and then moved to Presov (Slovakia), the Champions League meeting between Paris Saint-Germain and the Ukrainian in Zaporozhye will ultimately not take place. In the Europa League, Nantes refused to welcome Russian club Chekhov on Tuesday, backed by the National Handball League. The game was therefore postponed.

Volleyball: The much-criticized World Cup

Like most of its peers, the European Volleyball Federation has announced that it cannot hold matches in Ukraine or Russia. Poland has even demanded that the Russians and countries supporting the military offensive in Ukraine be excluded from any international competition. Two phases of the League of Nations have also been withdrawn from the Russian Federation.

The 2022 World Cup, originally scheduled for Russia, is also on the radar of European volleyball. Earvin Ngapeth and Olympic champion France have announced that they will not go there if the event takes place on Russian soil. The International Volleyball Federation has yet to rule on the event’s fate. CEV Cup semi-finalist Tour also warned that he will refuse to face Kazan if the two clubs meet in the final.

in other sports

In boxing, the four major international federations, the IBF, WBA, WBC and IBO, have decided not to validate fights in Russia. Finally, in judo, the International Federation revoked Vladimir Putin’s title of honorary president and cancelled the Grand Slam event scheduled for Kazan (May 20-22).


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