The start of the war in Ukraine caused several upheavals in the sports world.
Sunday, February 27
- handball : European Championship postponed
The European Handball Federation has announced the cancellation of the Champions League match between Zaporozhye Automobilia and Paris Saint-Germain on March 1. Meanwhile, Nantes received news from the EHF that their Europa League match against Chekhov Medvedi, which was scheduled to be on the same day, was postponed.
- volleyball : Boycott France
Through the voice of the president of the French volleyball federation, the Olympic champion French men’s team has announced that it will boycott the next World Cup in Russia if the World Cup goes ahead in Russia.
- tennis : Elina Svitolina’s Commitment
Ukraine’s Elena Svitolina said she was “shocked” by the military conflict between her country and Russia. She can’t sit idly by and has pledged to donate all her future tournament winnings to Ukraine.
Saturday 26 February
- volleyball : FIVB confirms World Cup in Russia
The International Volleyball Federation is maintaining the 2022 Men’s World Cup in Vladimir Putin’s country despite the cancellation of several sporting events to be held in Russia. The FIVB advocates the separation of politics and sports.
Friday, February 25
- football : UEFA Champions League final relocation
UEFA was one of the first to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Champions League final, originally scheduled for St Petersburg, has been moved to the Stade de France.
- Formula 1 : Cancellation of the Russian Grand Prix
The FIA has taken responsibility and removed the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix, scheduled for September in Sochi, from the season calendar. Several drivers in the paddock, including recent world champion Max Verstappen, had called for the decision in advance.
- ski: Cancel Russia game
The International Ski Federation has withdrawn five events from its program. Cross-country skiing, freestyle and ski jumping World Cup stages and the Cross Country World Cup finals are all affected.
- Sports Ministry : Location of Roxana Maracineanu
The sports minister summoned influential figures in French sports, such as the CNOSF president and the league president, to ask French athletes not to travel to Russian territory.