Tuesday Highlights

8.7pm: Russian cycling team excluded from international events

The International Federation (UCI) announced on Tuesday that the Russian and Belarusian teams have been excluded from cycling events, specifically withdrawing their UCI status from professional team Gazprom/RusVelo.

“The Russian and Belarusian national teams and/or national selection teams are not immediately entitled to participate in any event on the UCI international calendar,” and the status of the UCI teams crucial to participation in the event has been revoked six, according to a press release from the organization. Professional team including Gazprom/RusVelo. However, Russian or Belarusian players employed by other national teams will be able to continue to compete.

7:32pm: Tennis: Russians still allowed to play in ATP and WTA tournaments

Russians and Belarusians will be able to continue to compete in tournaments organised by the ATP and WTA, including the Grand Slams, the organisations announced in a joint press release.

“However, they will not participate in the names of Russia and Belarus until further notice,” the statement continued. On the other hand, the two countries were excluded from the men’s and women’s trials Davis Cup and Billy Jean Gold Cup.

7:03pm: Former Russian F1 driver Daniil Kvyat speaks out against exclusion of Russian athletes

Russian team G-Drive driver Daniil Kvyat will compete at the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans. But the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent reaction from the sports world is likely to stop it.

The former F1 driver (Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Alpha Tauri) expressed disagreement with the recent exclusion of Russian athletes from international competitions. “Sport must stay out of politics, and banning Russian athletes and teams from world competitions is an unfair solution and goes against the principles that sport teaches us – unity and peace,” the 27-year-old pilot said.

4.45pm: Athletics federation bans Russian athletes from competing

The IAAF announced on Tuesday that Russians and Belarusians were banned from all track and field competitions “for the foreseeable future and with immediate effect” on the recommendation of the International Olympic Committee.

As a result, no Russians will be able to compete in the indoor world championships in Belgrade from March 18-20, nor in the outdoor world championships in Eugene (Oregon) next July, World Athletics said in a press release. .

4.20pm: Adidas suspends partnership with Russian Football Federation

Global sports equipment giant Adidas announced on Tuesday that it had suspended its partnership with the Russian Football Federation due to the invasion of Ukraine.

“Adidas will immediately suspend its partnership with the Russian Football Federation,” a spokesman for the company said, adding that in 2020 Adidas achieved a 2.9 percent turnover in Russia, Ukraine and the CIS region.

4.15pm: Russian players excluded from all competitions

Russian and Belarusian skaters have been declared persona non grata for all skating competitions “with immediate effect until further notice,” the International Skating Union (ISU) announced in a statement on Tuesday.

“On the advice of the International Olympic Committee,” the IOC, the International Skating Federation “has agreed not to invite or allow any ‘Russian or Belarusian’ skaters to participate in ‘events’ organised by the federation. Russia is a big country in figure skating. , which won six medals, including two golds, at the Beijing Olympics last month. Speed ​​skating and short track events are also affected by the ISU measure.

4:10pm: Volleyball: Organization of 2022 World Cup withdraws from Russia

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) announced on Tuesday that the organization of the 2022 World Volleyball Championships scheduled for August and September has been withdrawn from Russia due to the war in Ukraine.

Over the weekend, Olympic and world champions France and Poland, respectively, announced their intention to boycott the event if it were held in Russia. The FIVB said the new host nation will be announced at a later date.

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Welcome to our live sports commentary on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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