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Sanctions On Russia Reach Women’s Sports

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Amid intense public pressure, the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) announced it will ban all Russian teams from international play, and the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) will follow suit.

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This ostensibly removes the women’s national soccer team from this summer’s European Championship and ends their road to the 2023 World Cup.

The news comes after a number of soccer federations, including the United States (U.S. Soccer), said they would not compete against a Russian national team under any circumstances.

Chelsea FC owner, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, also announced he had turned day-to-day club management operations over to the team’s charitable foundation, likely in anticipation of sanctions.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that Russian and Belarusian athletes not participate in international competitions since a ban isn’t possible.


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Russian Olympic Committee athletes have not yet been removed from the 2022 Paralympic Games, which are scheduled to begin Friday and end March 13.
On Sunday, Ukrainian athletes urged the IOC to sanction both the Russian and Belarusian Olympic and Paralympic Committees.

None of the 20 Ukrainian Paralympians scheduled to compete in the Games this month have made it to Beijing.

Meanwhile…

What’s happening in Ukraine is much bigger than sports. But sports are inherently political, providing a lens through which we see the world around us.

As those in power scramble to react, expect news to continue to break at a high speed.

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