FIBA has banned Russia and Belarus from international competition

Russia vs Serbia - European Championship Eurobasket 2017 Semi-Final - Istanbul, Turkey - 15 September, 2017 - Alexei Shaved of Russia and Bogdan Bogdanovich of Serbia in action.  Reuters / Osman Orsal

Russia v Serbia (REUTERS) in European Championship Eurobasket 2017 Semi-Final in Istanbul, Turkey

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Wednesday barred Russia and Belarus from participating in and hosting international tournaments until further notice following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The men’s teams of Russia and Belarus have been withdrawn from the European qualifiers for next year’s World Cup and are not being replaced.

Russia has called the attack a “special military operation” while Belarus has been a major staging ground.

The Russian women’s team, which was scheduled to play in the World Cup in Australia this year, has been withdrawn and replaced by Puerto Rico, while the Russian U-17 women’s team has been replaced by Serbia for the World Cup in Hungary.

No country is allowed to participate in this year’s 3X3 competition, including the World Cup.

Several sports federations have banned Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials and transferred or canceled events in the countries.

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