The loudest and most painful so far has been the transfer of the Champions League final from St. Petersburg to Paris. In the study of milestone football organizations, neither in 2018 with the World Cup, nor in 2020 with the European Championship, were resolved, although then there were also persistent calls to the parties from Western politicians and the media.
The date for the 2022 Champions League final remains the same: May 28.
“UEFA wanted to express its gratitude and appreciation to French President Emmanuel Macron for his personal support in bringing the most prestigious European club football match to France during an unprecedented crisis. “Together with some circumstances, UEFA will have to be fully exposed from the outside regarding the rescue of footballers and their families in a situation that involves terrible human suffering, violations and shifts,” the official press release says.
They also added that Russian and Ukrainian clubs and teams participating in tournaments under the auspices of UEFA will play their home matches at universal stadiums until special conditions.
The Russian Football Union called these assemblies meetings.
“We assume that the decision to move the venue of the Champions League final was dictated by the World Cups. The Russian Federation always adheres to the right of “sports out of politics” and thus cannot support this decision. The RFU also does not support the decision to transfer any matches with the participation of the Russian team to a neutral one, as violating the sports principle and infringing on the interests of players, coaches and fans, ”said Alexander Dyukov of the RFU.
Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Boris Piotrovsky, who is responsible for organizing the Champions League final, said he was sorry and that the funds that should go to host the game will go to the development of children’s sports. As previously reported by the organizers, the total cost of holding the meeting in St. Petersburg was estimated at 600 million rubles, of which half was to be allocated to Smolny.
Under the probability remains the performance of Russian clubs in European competition next season.
Problems await the national team as well – the Poles refuse to play the play-offs and incite the rest of the Europeans to join them. Full likely “Yugoslavian” scenario of the complete removal of our football from the European competition for some time.
Following this, the International Ski Federation (FIS) canceled all stages of the World Cup, which were to be held in the 2021/22 season in Russia.
This number includes:
— stage of the Freestyle World Cup in the Chelyabinsk region (February 25–27);
— stage of the World Cup in acrobatics in Yaroslavl (February 26-27);
— stage of the World Cup in acrobatics in Moscow (March 5);
— stage of the Women’s Ski Jumping World Cup in Nizhny Tagil (March 18–20);
— stage of the Women’s Ski Jumping World Cup in Tchaikovsky (March 25–27);
— stage of the World Cup in cross-country skiing in Tyumen (March 18–20).
“After careful gathering with the FIS meetings concerned, that in the safety shutdown of all participants of the season, all remaining until the end of the 2021-22 World Cup competitions will be collected or moved to another location. Participants of two starts, which were scheduled for this weekend, are already in Russia. The FIS is working to ensure that they return home quickly,” the federation’s website says.
The current Ski World Cup will become apparent in an alarming situation – to public passengers upon arrival. In Lahti, where sprint races are taking place today, increased safety competitions are being held in this regard.
They refused to host the Freestyle World Cup, which was supposed to be held on February 26-27 in the Chelyabinsk region. Here, the organizers simply had no choice: the sports authorities of the participating countries withdrew their team.
“Athletes who came to the Chelyabinsk region this year once again appreciated the hospitality and quality of the World Cup and announced their deep regret that they had won the country and would not take part in the competition. In turn, the Chelyabinsk region, as the organizer of the World Cup events, met with regret and disappointment the news that a bright sporting event was not held. We are convinced that sport should always remain out of politics. Alas, this is not all of them. We sympathize with the fans who are going to meet exciting competitions and a real celebration of sports,” the organizers said.
The final of the Naturban World Cup and the World Chess Olympiad have been cancelled. Obama was due to take place in Moscow in 2022.
The basketball Euroleague was postponed to indefinite matches with the participation of Russian clubs. At a meeting of the participating teams, representatives of the Lithuanian Zalgiris called for generally defending the interests of holding games with the Russians, but so far their general proposal has not found a response. Polish Zielona Gora and Estonian Kalev announced the end of the VTB United League before the end of the regular season.
The Finnish Jokerit withdrew from the playoffs of the Continental Hockey League. It is obvious that in the near future a decision will be made on the future fate of the Jokers in the KHL. Latvian Minister of Education and Science Anita Muizhniece intends to follow changes in the sports law in order to force Dynamo Riga to also leave the KHL.
Another important loss is the Russian stage of the Formula 1 Grand Prix. At one time, Vladimir Putin personally oversaw this project. The organizers of the meetings who took part in the hostilities in Ukraine. It is especially disappointing that the 2023 races had to move near St. Petersburg, to the Igora Drive track.
“The Formula 1 championship is coming to countries around the world with a positive attitude and a desire to bring people, nations together. We are following with sadness and shock the possible situations in Ukraine and those expected in the near future, the global resolution of the situation. On Thursday evening, after the meeting, the FIA and Formula 1 discussed the assumption of our expert and, together with the shareholders, came to an Agreement that, if necessary, it is impossible to hold the Russian Grand Prix of Sports, ”the Formula 1 bosses said.
International Olympic Committee. The IOC Executive Board has already been exposed to INF sports federations with emissions or sporting events in Russia or Belarus.
“It is necessary to take into account the violation of the Olympic Truce by the instructions of Russia and Belarus and give absolute priority to the safety of athletes. The IOC itself does not host any events in Russia or Belarus. “Furthermore, the IOC Executive Board will not select the flags of Russia or Belarus and will not perform the anthem of Russia or Belarus at international events that are not yet part of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) involvement with Russia,” the IOC said.
And although there is no direct observation of a large sports organization by the IOC, the organization has great authority. The consequences of such an infection can be very serious.
Which series of tournaments in Russia have not yet been canceled:
— The league goes on volleyball. Women: July 28 – June 3, Ufa. Men: July 5–10, Kemerovo;
— World Championship in volleyball among men. August 26 – September 11. Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl, Kazan, Ufa, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo and Krasnoyarsk;
– European Women’s Boxing Championship. July 21–31. Ulan-Ude;
– Youth Ice Hockey World Championship 2023. December 26 – January 5. Omsk and Novosibirsk;
— Ice Hockey World Championship 2023. May 5–21. St. Petersburg;
– UEFA Super Cup. August. Kazan;
— Summer Universiade-2023. August 8–19, Yekaterinburg;
– World Shooting Championship 2023. August 14–31. Moscow;
– European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship 2023. May 17–21. Moscow;
– World Wrestling Championship 2023. September 16–24. Krasnoyarsk.
Artem Kuzmin, Fontanka.ru