Now World Rugby suspends Russia

Now World Rugby suspends Russia

The decision has been taken with the interests of rugby’s values of solidarity, integrity and respect at heart. World Rugby also remains in contact with colleagues at the Ukraine Rugby Federation and has pledged its full support to the rugby community in the country.”

Kenya and Russia in action at the 2017 Four Nations Tournament in Hong Kong

World Rugby has become the latest global sporting body to sanction Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. Also facing World Rugby’s wrath is Belarus.

A communique issued on Tuesday 28 February 2022 reads, “World Rugby reiterates its condemnation of Russia’s aggressive invasion of Ukraine and the facilitation of this action by Belarus. The global rugby family is united in standing in solidarity with everyone affected by these deeply disturbing events and joins the global community in calling for the restoration of peace.

The World Rugby Executive Committee has today decided to take immediate additional steps to protect the rugby family and take a strong stance against the conflict in line with recommendations by the International Olympic Committee (IOC):

  • The full and immediate suspension of Russia and Belarus from all international rugby and cross-border club rugby activities until further notice
  • The full and immediate suspension of the Rugby Union of Russia from World Rugby membership until further notice

The decision has been taken with the interests of rugby’s values of solidarity, integrity and respect at heart. World Rugby also remains in contact with colleagues at the Ukraine Rugby Federation and has pledged its full support to the rugby community in the country.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee recommended that athletes from Russia and Belarus should be banned from all international sports events.

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