The International Volleyball Federation has made it official that Russia will not be the venue for the men's volleyball World Cup scheduled from 26 August to 11 September 2022. The decision was made by the board of the Fivb "because of course the conditions for organizing the tournament no longer exist The International Olympic Committee withdrew the Olympic Order 'from the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin for violating the Olympic truce after the attacks in Ukraine.
He also strongly recommended "all world federations not to invite Russian and Belarusian athletes to international sports competitions. We recall that due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the International Tennis Federation has announced that it has indefinitely canceled all ITF tournaments originally scheduled in Russia.
"Our main priority is the protection of the players and all those who travel to participate in these events," the International Federation explained in a brief note. Not only, the official communication, a consequence of the war that broke out in Ukraine, came after the confrontation between the teams in Barcelona, during the pre-season tests: therefore, the GP in Sochi will not be competed on the weekend of 25 September and the calendar of the World Championship passes, at the moment, from 23 to 22 races.
It would have been Sochi’s last time in F1: from 2023, the Russian leg was scheduled to move to St. Petersburg. The World Swimming Federation has canceled the Junior Swimming World Championships scheduled in Kazan and has announced that no further events will be held in Russia if this serious crisis continues.
All the events of the Gymnastics Federation in Russia and Belarus have also been canceled and removed from the calendar: this is what the Executive Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation, meeting in Lausanne, decided.
Chelsea without Abramovic: what will happen now?
Roman Abramovich has announced his decision to leave the management of Chelsea, English Premier League clubs of the homonymous London borough, holder of the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The decision stems from the political instability generated by the invasion of Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, in Ukraine and the possible consequences on Russian properties in Europe. British Labor MP Chris Bryant called for severe penalties to be imposed on the patron of the Blues as well.
In a note, Abramovic said: "During my nearly 20 years of ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always considered my role as the club's keeper, whose job is to ensure the greatest success we can have today, as well as build for the future.
and at the same time play a positive role in our communities. I have always made decisions with the interest of the Club at heart. I remain true to these values. That is why today I am entrusting the Chelsea Charitable Foundation trustees with the management and care of Chelsea FC.
I believe they are currently in the best position to look after the interests of the club, the players, the staff and the fans. "