The Men’s World Volleyball Championship was due to be held in Russia later this year
Russia will not host the 2022 Men’s Volleyball World Championship, officials from international governing body FIVE have announced.
Russia was due to host the centerpiece from August 26 to September 11 later this year at 11 venues in 10 host cities across the country.
FIVE announced the milestone A declaration Tuesday, citing Russia’s military actions in Ukraine.
“The FIVE Board of Directors has come to the conclusion that it would be impossible to prepare and organize the World Championships in Russia due to the war in Ukraine”, the ad said.
FIVE added that the Russian Volleyball Federation and local organizing officials have been notified.
No new venue for the event has been announced, with FIVE instead saying it would be “to seek an alternative host country or countries to ensure that the global volleyball family…all feel safe and proud to participate in a joyful and peaceful sporting festival.”
The move was widely expected after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended on Monday that Russia and Belarus be denied the right to host international tournaments and that athletes from both countries not be invited to compete in all sports at world events, even under neutral status.
Elsewhere, football’s governing bodies FIFA and UEFA have suspended all Russian teams from their competitions “until further notice.”
Russian officials have reacted with dismay to the series of sporting sanctions, calling them overtly politicized and even discriminatory.
Russia last week launched a special military operation in the newly recognized Donbass republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Forces also entered Ukraine in what Russian President Vladimir Putin described as an operation aimed at “demilitarize” and “denazify” the country.
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