Athletics, cycling and skating punish Russia harshly

In the absence of some disciplines speaking out and announcing new sanctions against Russian sport, little by little, the fence is narrowing as a sports sanction in response to invasion of Ukraine by troops of the Russian army.

No Belgrade World Cup

The capital of Serbian hosts between March 18 and 20 the world of Athletics on indoor track. The highest body in world athletics, the World Athletics, formerly the IAAF, decided this Tuesday exclude Russian representatives of the championship. It happened the same day that the multinational Adidas, which was the brand that dressed the Russian team, decided to withdraw their sponsorship. The veto is also maintained for the World Outdoor Championship that is scheduled for July in United States.

This Wednesday the rally in Madrid is held where the Russian athletes Mariya Lasitskene, Olympic and world champion in high jump, and the sprinter Polina Miller had signed up. Both excluded themselves from the meeting.

New veto to Gazprom

The International Cycling Union (UCI) suspended Gazprom Rus Velo on Tuesday until further order, the main Russian team and the only one that could participate in World Tour events, even if it was with an invitation from the organization. Before the invasion of Ukraine, this squad had received two wild cards from the Tirreno Adriatico, which starts next Monday, and from the Volta a Catalunya, which starts on the 21st of this month. Precisely, this Tuesday, also, Gazprom saw how the French manufacturer Look, withdrew the bicycles with which it competed. And so did the Corima firm, which left them without wheels. In the World Tour there is only two top tier russian runners, Pavel Sivakov, at Ineos and the first athlete from his country to speak out against the war, and Aleksandr Vlasov, at Bora, and recent winner of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The UCI lets them run, although without wearing symbols of their country. However, both can see how France (Paris-Nice starts on Sunday) also closes the door if the Macron administration prevents Russian athletes from competing.

Kamila Valeva. EFE

No world skating

The French city of Montpellier welcomes between the March 21 and 27 the Figure Skating World Championship, where the Russians are the first power world. They will not go. This was determined on Tuesday by the International Skating Union (ISU) that left any representative not only from Russia but also from Belarus without ice. The sanction leaves out of the great events of this sport, among others, the Olympic champion Anna Scherbakova and the sensation of this sport, regardless of the doubts about her positive, Kamila Valieva.

Medvedev's future

The ATP has not yet made an official statement on the future of Russian tennis players. The The main person affected by any sanction is the current number one in the world, Daniel Medvedevapart from his statements for peace. The finalist of Australia should be headlining in Indian Wells, starting March 14. Ukrainian tennis has already asked for the veto of Russian tennis players for any international tournament. Likewise, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina announced on Tuesday that she will not face any Russian or Belarusian rival that crosses her path in the next tournaments that she will play.

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