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IOC urges sports boycott of Russia; Russian tennis star protests to camera; UEFA Champions League final moved to Russia; Ax Russian Grand Prix – update

UPDATE, 08:45: The International Olympic Committee spoke out on Friday on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, calling it a “violation of the Olympic truce”.

“The IOC EB today urges all international sports federations to move or cancel their sporting events currently scheduled in Russia or Belarus,” it said in a statement on Friday. “They should take into account the violation of the Olympic truce by the Russian and Belarusian governments and give top priority to the safety of the athletes.” Read the band’s full statement here.

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The Olympic truce began seven days before the start of the Beijing Winter Games on February 4 and ends on March 20, seven days after the Paralympic Games close.

Elsewhere on Friday, Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev, the world’s No. 7 player, made an anti-war statement on camera Thursday – literally. The move came after winning a semi-final match in Dubai. Look here :

PREVIOUSLY, 04:29: The UEFA Champions League final was moved from Russia to Paris following the invasion of Ukraine and the Russian Grand Prix was cancelled.

A meeting of UEFA officials this morning confirmed the footballing decision that would have taken place throughout the week, and the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg will no longer stage the final on May 28.

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Instead, European football’s governing body has decided it will be held at the Stade de France in Paris.

Meanwhile, organizers of the FIA ​​Formula 1 World Championship announced in the final minutes that the Russian Grand Prix, which was due to take place in September, has been cancelled.

“We watch the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and hope for a speedy and peaceful resolution to the current situation,” the statement said. “It is impossible to organize the Russian Grand Prix under the current circumstances.”

The UEFA Champions League club tournament is currently underway with round of 16 matches.

UEFA said in a statement on Thursday that it “strongly condemns the ongoing Russian military invasion of Ukraine”.

“As the governing body of European football, UEFA works tirelessly to develop and promote football according to common European values ​​such as peace and respect for human rights, in the spirit of the Olympic Charter. “, he added. “We remain resolute in our solidarity with the football community in Ukraine and we are ready to reach out to the Ukrainian people.”

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday night sparked reactions and condemnations in the footballing world.

The federations of Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic today sent a letter to the head of world football body FIFA demanding that their 2022 World Cup qualifiers which include Russia and which are scheduled for the month next are not played on Russian soil.

“The military escalation we are witnessing is causing serious consequences and significantly reduced security for our national football teams and official delegations,” the letter read, adding: “We expect FIFA and UEFA to ‘they react immediately and present alternative solutions…”

FIFA, which also condemned the attack, said that “when it comes to football issues in Ukraine and Russia, [it] will continue to monitor the situation and updates regarding the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers will be provided in due course.

In Germany, meanwhile, second division side Schalke 04 have said they will remove the logo of their sponsor Gazprom, a Russian oil company, from their shirts.

Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.

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