Ukraine war: Shocked sports world prepares for Russian invasion

UEFA condemned “Resolute Military Invasion”, It was decided to urgently convene its executive committee on Friday (10:00 am).

Its members could be led to disrupt schedules in the coming months and even join the international community in imposing sanctions on Moscow.

Above all is the fate of the Champions League final scheduled for May 28 in St. Petersburg, whose stadium is named after gas giant Gazprom, which has been one of UEFA’s main sponsors since 2012 .

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons in London on February 23, 2022 UK Parliament/AFP/Jessica Taylor.

“I don’t know how, in good faith, to stage this (in Russia),” Responding to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

‘No decision has been made’ A source familiar with the matter told AFP it was up to UEFA to decide at this stage, but the European Union was “looking at different options” to reschedule the meeting.

Ukraine has no handball

If “Sbornaïa” beat Robert Lewandowski’s team, Moscow must also host the 2022 World Cup play-off semi-final between Russia and Poland on March 24, or even the final on March 29.

The Polish FA, the Swedish FA and the Czech FA, who could play in the final in the Russian capital, have asked to play elsewhere than Russia, which they “do not plan to travel to”.

Fifa, while “concerned” by the “tragic” situation, is holding off before making a decision on the issue.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino during a council meeting at the organization’s headquarters in Lausanne on October 20, 2021 FIFA/AFP/Files/Harold Cunningham.

“This is an urgent matter, the first game is in a month. We hope this situation will be resolved as soon as possible, as soon as possible, we hope to believe”, said Gianni Infantino, the boss of the World Cup organising body.

In addition to the C1 final, the Polish government on Tuesday proposed moving the men’s volleyball world championships, which start in Russia on August 26.

Schalke players warm up before the Bundesliga game against Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen on May 15, 2021 POOL/AFP/FILE/LEON KUEGLER.

For its part, German club Schalke (D2) has decided to remove the name of its main sponsor Gazprom from its jersey.

Formula 1 world champions Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel also don’t think they will be at the Russian Grand Prix in September.

Basketball and rugby games have been postponed, with Russian clubs sitting on the bench for those games. The Europa League match, scheduled for Thursday or Friday, involving Zenit St Petersburg, CSKA Moscow and UNICS Kazan, has been postponed.

The match of the Six Nations B Championship between Georgia and Russia, scheduled for Sunday in Tbilisi, suffered the same fate.

Playing in Ukraine seems more complicated. The European Handball Federation (EHF) has decided to move or postpone the tournament on Ukrainian soil to the next four weeks.

The outbreak of the conflict led the National Football League to suspend the Ukrainian Championship on Thursday, which was due to resume on Friday after a more than two-month winter break.

“No War”

Alarmed by the situation, several foreign players and coaches in Ukraine are caught between wanting to leave the territory and staying loyal to the club.

Shakhtar Donetsk striker Moraes (right) on the lawn in Rome during the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 on March 11, 2021 AFP/FILE/Filippo Montfort.

“The situation is serious, we are stuck in Kiev waiting for a solution to leave. We are in the hotel. Pray for us”launched the Brazilian striker (Ukrainian passport holder) Junior Moraes for Shakhtar Donetsk on Instagram.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) ‘strongly condemns violation of Olympic Truce’which is valid until 7 days after the closing of the Beijing Paralympic Games (March 4-13). The “Russian government” has established a working group to closely monitor the situation.

The group should also “As far as possible to coordinate humanitarian aid to members of the Ukrainian Olympic community”.

Ukrainian striker Roman Yaremchuk (right) of Benfica Lisbon poses during the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 match against Ajax in Lisbon on February 23, 2022, with a T with the Ukrainian team logo on it shirt AFP/Patricia de Mello Moreira.

Abroad, some Ukrainian footballers have spoken out, such as Benfica Lisbon striker Roman Yaremchuk or Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko.

“Glory to Ukraine”wrote on Instagram tennis player Elina Svitolina, the former world number three.

International footballer Fedor Smolov, speaking in a rare Russian voice, wrote “no war” in a short message on Instagram, followed by a Ukrainian flag and a broken heart.

Tennis player Andrei Rublev pleaded for “peace” after his quarter-final win at the Dubai Championships, which “doesn’t matter” given the “terrible” backdrop.

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