Because of the Ukraine crisis, the Champions League final has been moved from Russia, and the F1 race has been canceled.
The 2022 Champions League final will be held in Paris after Russia was barred from competing due to its invasion of Ukraine.
The final of Europe’s most prestigious club competition was scheduled for May 28 in St Petersburg.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Formula One Grand Prix, scheduled for September in Sochi, has been canceled.
The event is “impossible” to hold in “the current circumstances,” according to F1.
According to the International Olympic Committee, international sports federations should relocate or cancel sports events currently scheduled in Russia or Belarus.
What effect did all this make on the sport?
- Manchester City’s Ukraine defender Oleksandr Zinchenko attended a vigil in Manchester city center to show support for his country, and he could face Everton this weekend, while West Ham’s Ukraine The club has given winger Andriy Yarmolenko some time off.
- Manchester United has ended its sponsorship agreement with Russia’s national airline, Aeroflot.
- Uefa is considering terminating its major £30 million-per-year sponsorship agreement with Russia’s state-owned gas giant Gazprom.
- Vitali Klitschko, a former heavyweight boxing champion and the mayor of Kyiv, said he was ready to fight in a “bloody war” alongside his brother Wladimir Klitschko.
- Daniil Medvedev, the world’s leading men’s tennis player, said learning of his country’s invasion was “not easy,” and he wants to “promote peace all over the world.”
Andrey Rublev, Russia’s second-ranked tennis player, signed a TV camera lens on the court with the words “no war please” after defeating Hubert Hurkacz to reach the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
- This weekend, banners with the words ‘No a la Guerra,’ which translates to ‘No to war,’ will be displayed at all matches in Spain’s top two divisions.
- During the final day of pre-season testing in Barcelona, Formula One team Haas removed their Russian-based sponsor — a company owned by Dmitry Mazepin, a close associate of Vladimir Putin — from their equipment. Nikita Mazepin, Mazepin’s son, is one of Haas’ drivers.
Elina Svitolina, a Ukrainian tennis player, has asked for assistance in “putting an end to the war.”
- The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has postponed World Cup 2023 qualifiers between the Netherlands and Russia on February 27 and the United Kingdom versus Belarus a day later.