Russia stripped of hosting 2022 Volleyball World Championships: Federation

Russia was deprived of hosting the men’s volleyball world championships in August and September due to its invasion of Ukraine, the governing body of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) announced on Tuesday.

The championships are the latest major sporting event to be pulled from Russia since President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion last Thursday.

“Following Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, the FIVB remains gravely concerned about the escalation of the situation and for the safety of the Ukrainian people,” the International Volleyball Federation said in a statement.

“The FIVB Board of Directors came to the conclusion that it would be impossible to prepare and organize the World Championships in Russia due to the war in Ukraine.

“He has therefore decided to withdraw from Russia the organization of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship which was to be held in August and September 2022.”

The federation’s decision follows European football’s governing body UEFA’s announcement last Friday to transfer the May 28 Champions League final, their premier club competition, from the Gazprom Arena. from Saint Petersburg to the Stade de France in Paris.

On Friday, Formula 1 also canceled the Russian Grand Prix scheduled for September 25.

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