Russo-Ukrainian War: World Badminton Federation suspends Russian and Belarusian athletes from international competitions | Badminton news

The World Badminton Federation on Tuesday (March 1st) suspended athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus from participating in all BWF-approved events over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which drew worldwide condemnation. The BWF said its decision was in line with recent recommendations from the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), calling on international federations to suspend Russia, which invaded Ukraine and found support from Belarus.

“After consultations with international partners in the overnight sports movement, the World Badminton Federation (BWF) has updated its position on Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine,” The BWF said in a statement.

“The BWF has stepped up its measures against the governments of Russia and Belarus by suspending athletes and officials representing these countries from participating in all international tournaments approved by the BWF until further notice.”

The BWF said it supported a unified and coordinated approach within the sports movement in imposing sanctions on Russia and Belarus. The BWF has already immediately canceled all its approved tournaments in Russia and Belarus.

Furthermore, it is stated that the forced non-participation of badminton athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus at the YONEX GAINWARD German Open 2022, which will be held from March 8 to 13, is beginning.

“A small number of Russian athletes competing in two consecutive international pairs of badminton tournaments in Spain in the 9th and 10th weeks of the calendar will be allowed to participate because they have already arrived at the venue,” The BWF said.

“This is under the assumption that it is not possible to suspend players in the short term due to organizational reasons, according to the latest IOC IO resolution. However, these players will compete as neutral athletes, without national flags or anthems. ”

The world body said it remains committed to supporting the people of Ukraine and the Ukrainian badminton community, as part of the sports movement’s mission to promote peace and solidarity among all people.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week sparked global condemnation and the country was suspended from international sporting events. Recently, Russian teams have been suspended from all over international football, including qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup.

This was after the IOC Executive Board issued an “urgent recommendation not to organize any sporting event in Russia or Belarus”.

“IOC EB also strongly called on international sports federations and event organizers to ” do everything in their power to ensure that no athlete or sports official from Russia or Belarus is allowed to participate under the name Russia or Belarus ”.


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