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Global sports organizations distance themselves from Russia: NPR

Global sports organizations distance themselves from Russia: NPR

Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia (left) and Magnus Carlsen of Norway chat after Carlsen won the FIDE World Championship in 2021. FIDE banned competitions in Russia and Belarus in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia (left) and Magnus Carlsen of Norway chat after Carlsen won the FIDE World Championship in 2021. FIDE banned competitions in Russia and Belarus in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, the International Chess Federation – which ranks over 20 Russian athletes in its top 100 – tournaments banned in Russia and Belarus, a close Russian ally that backed the invasion.

The action is among several taken by sports organizations against Russia in the wake of the invasion.

The chess federation, known as FIDE, said it opposes war and condemns the use of military weapons to resolve political disputes. The organization noted in a press release, it would take “all necessary measures to ensure the safety of chess players and other members of the chess community”.

In addition to restrictions on the tournament venue, the federation also banned Russian and Belarusian flags and anthems from FIDE chess events. FIDE also said it had terminated sponsorship deals with Belarusian and Russian state-controlled companies.

A large number of sports organizations acted against Russia during the invasion

The move comes as many global sports organizations make similar decisions.

The International Paralympic Committee announcement Wednesday that the Russian and Belarusian Olympic Committees will face off as neutrals at the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing.

Rather than representing their country’s flags, players from Russia and Belarus will compete under the Paralympic flag.

This week, World Taekwondo revoked Russian President Vladimir Putin’s honorary ninth-degree black belt. The international organization bestowed this honor in 2013.

World Taekwondo, following the lead of the International Olympic Committee, has also banned Russian and Belarusian flags and anthems from its events. The organization also said it would not recognize taekwondo events in Russia and Belarus.

In one joint statement On Monday, FIFA and UEFA, the European soccer league, suspended all Russian teams from the World Cup, as well as other competitions.

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with everyone affected in Ukraine,” the football groups said.

Meanwhile, German soccer team FC Schalke 04 have removed their main sponsor, Gazprom – a state-owned Russian energy company, from their shirts.

And in basketball FIBA announced that Russian teams and officials would not be allowed to compete or participate in competitions until further notice.

The International Tennis Federation this Tuesday banned players from competing under the name or flags of Russia and Belarus, but Russian and Belarusian players can still compete as individuals.

The federation also suspended memberships of the Russian Tennis Federation and the Belarusian Tennis Federation.

“The ITF remains in close contact with the Ukrainian Tennis Federation and stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine,” the federation said.