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World Moves to exclude Russian teams and athletes from sports have accelerated following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Several international sports federations have not only cancelled competitions in Russia but have also banned athletes from Russia from participating in tournaments held elsewhere.
The International Paralympics Committee had previously said athletes from Russia and Belarus could compete at the Beijing Winter Paralympics as individuals, but later on, it is decided they would not be allowed to take part at all.
In a statement released, the IPC said it changed course because some national and regional Paralympics committees and athletes were threatening to pull out of the Games, putting the entire competition at risk.
Ukrainian players Oleksandr Zinchenko who plays for Man City and Vitaliy Mykolenko Everton player received a big round of applause before the start of a match between Everton and Manchester City in the English Premier League on Feb. 26.
Fans waved banners in support of Ukraine and many of the players wore shirts emblazoned with Ukrainian flags and the message, “NO WAR.”
The European soccer world reacted quickly after the invasion of Ukraine began on Feb. 24. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) decided to shift the Champions league final 2022 from St.Petersburg to Paris.
FIFA banned international matches in Russia and both associations barred the Russian national team and Russian clubs from participating in a Major tournament.
Against the backdrop of these sanctions, the response from sporting associations and athletes has been strong.
The Polish Football Association, whose national team was scheduled to face Russia in a  qualifier match on March 24, refused to play.
Britain’s Manchester United, one of the most powerful clubs in the world, canceled a roughly 10-year deal worth £40 million with the Russian airline Aeroflot.
The British Parliament demanded the Russian owner of the Chelsea Football Club, a person close to Putin, be sanctioned by seizing his assets. The owner announced that the club would be sold on March 2.

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