Russia banned from international gymnastics events due to ongoing war

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Russia was banned from international gymnastics and curling competitions in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

The International Gymnastics Federation said Friday that Russian and Belarusian athletes or officials, including judges, will not be allowed to participate in sanctioned competitions indefinitely.

The World Curling Federation has banned Russia from its championships for the rest of the season.

Both sports had previously canceled events scheduled in Russia. International sports organizers have scrambled to deal with the repercussions of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began shortly after the end of the Beijing Olympics.

The Paralympic Games began on Friday without Russians or Belarusians after other athletes threatened to boycott them rather than face them. Russia have also been banned from upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

Most major sporting events scheduled in Russia have been canceled.

The World Curling Federation had already announced its intention to move its European championships from Perm, Russia. Friday’s announcement banned Russian teams from participating in this year’s men’s, women’s, senior, junior, wheelchair and mixed doubles world championships.

The gymnastics federation had already canceled all World Cup and World Challenge Cup events scheduled in Russia and Belarus, a close Russian ally where troops were deployed ahead of the invasion of neighboring Ukraine. The new ruling banned their athletes from upcoming events.

The French football league decided on Friday to suspend coverage of its championship in Russia with broadcaster Match TV.

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