Following the attack on Ukraine, Russia not only received global criticism on political grounds but also faced a backlash in the sports arena.
Governing boards of numerous sports have decided to suspend the national teams and clubs from participating in international events. Along with that, the global sports entities have also terminated sponsorship ties with several Russian companies.
The Champions League final was moved from Saint Petersburg, Russia to the Stade de France in Saint-Denis by UEFA. The organisation expressed gratitude to the French President Emmanuel Macron for the relocation during a time of unprecedented crisis.
Everton FC have also announced the immediate termination of its sponsorship agreements with Russian companies such as USM Holdings, MegaFon, and Yota. Manchester United also terminated their sponsorship agreement with Russia’s national airline, Aeroflot.
The India-Belarus friendly, which was scheduled for later this month has also been cancelled.
Adidas, the global sportswear company, has also ended its partnership with the Russian Football Federation. Since 2008, the German company has been the country’s kit manufacturer. As the death toll in Eastern Europe rises, the brand has put its agreement with the Russian national team on hold.
Even in the chess world, the world governing body of the game, FIDE, has decided to bar Russia and Belarus from hosting any world chess events.
In addition, Formula 1 announced that the Russian Grand Prix could not be held under the current circumstances. The race was scheduled for September 25, 2022. Apart from that, the Haas Formula One team has terminated its association with its Russian driver, Nikita Mazepin and its title sponsor, Uralkali.