From sports to seaports, Russia becomes persona non grata


Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russia apparently lost support from much of the Western world. From sports to seaports, the repercussions of Putin’s aggressive advances have had costly effects on the country.

Here are some repercussions of Putin’s war plans:


  • Rugby: World Rugby has suspended Russia and Belarus from all international rugby and club cross-border rugby activity until further notice.
  • Soccer: FIFA and UEFA have decided that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, will be suspended from participating in FIFA and UEFA competitions until new order. Additionally, UEFA has withdrawn Russia as hosts of the 2022 Champions League final. The final will move from the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg to the Stade de France in Paris.
  • Motor sports : Formula 1 (F1)’s Nikita Mazepinc could face the ax following the invasion of Russia. The Ukrainian motorsport federation has asked the FIA ​​to ban all Russian and Belarusian drivers from competing at international level. Additionally, Formula 1 has scrapped this season’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.
  • Olympic Games: The International Olympic Committee has urged sports bodies to cancel or move all events they plan to hold in Russia and Belarus and to stop using the countries’ national flags and anthems. Additionally, calls have been made to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating.
  • Martial Arts: The International Judo Federation (IJF) has suspended Vladimir Putin as honorary president and ambassador. Moreover, the federation revoked Putin’s black belt.
  • Chess: The International Chess Federation has announced the termination of all existing sponsorship agreements with all Belarusian and Russian state-sanctioned and/or state-controlled companies and will not enter into new sponsorship agreements.
  • Swim: Swimming’s world governing body, FINA, has canceled the World Junior Swimming Championships which were due to take place in Kazan, Russia.
  • Ski: The International Ski Federation (FIS) has announced that Russia will not host any of its World Cup events this year.
  • Badminton: The badminton world governing body (BWF) has canceled all sanctioned tournaments in Russia and Belarus.
  • Tennis: The ATP Tour has canceled its tennis tournament in Moscow, Russia.

In addition, several sports teams refuse to participate in matches against Russian teams and sports federations completely exclude Russian athletes. Other implications extend to the realms of hockey, basketball and karate, to name a few.

Branding and sponsorships are a big part of what makes the sports world go round. And Russia’s decision on Ukraine was bad for business. Manchester United football club, for example, plans to cancel its £40million sponsorship deal with Aeroflot, the Russian airline which is also now banned by the UK government from flying in UK airspace, reports Forbes.

The Russian representation is also ransacked.

German football club FC Schalke 04, for example, removed the logo of Russian company Gazprom from its shirts and replaced it with “Freedom For Ukraine”. Not an isolated action. Haas has removed title sponsor Uralkali’s logos and color scheme from its F1 car. The company is co-owned by Mazepin’s father, Dmitry, a Russian billionaire with close ties to Putin.

Sport at the ports

Beyond the world of sport, Russian vessels will be banned from UK ports, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Monday. Spain has also offered to ban Russian ships from entering its ports, the country’s transport minister said on Monday.

Politician Raquel Sanchez said: “We are proposing a series of measures ranging from a ban on the import and export of ships to a ban on supplying Russian ships and the measure that I think would be the most effective – prohibit Russian-flagged ships from docking in Spanish ports.

Turkey has also banned the passage of Russian warships through the Black Sea. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the news on Instagram.

“The ban on the passage of Russian warships to the Black Sea and significant military and humanitarian support to Ukraine today, and this is very important. We will never forget that,” Zelensky said.

Calls have also been made to ban Russian ships and planes from entering Scotland.

On the boating note, a Ukrainian sailor working on a Russian arms supplier’s superyacht, attempted to sink the vessel in protest. The yacht is reportedly valued at $7.8 million (over R120 million).

“My boss is a criminal who sells weapons that kill the Ukrainian people,” the 55-year-old told civil guards who arrived on the scene to arrest him. He was reportedly released later, the charges remaining unknown.


Several Russian ballet companies, including the Bolshoi, and other musical performances were also canceled in protest against Russia’s invasion and to express support for Ukraine.

In the UK alone, the Royal Opera House canceled a summer season of the Bolshoi Ballet, the Helix Theater in Dublin canceled a performance of Swan Lake by the Royal Moscow Ballet, and the Bristol Hippodrome, Edinburgh Playhouse, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, New Theater Peterborough and the Royal and Derngate in Northampton have all canceled touring performances of the Siberian Russian State Ballet, reports ClassicFM.

“We hope this helps clarify the diversity of our ballet company and that we are not carrying any political messages on this tour. We are simply dancing for peace,” the Royal Moscow Ballet said in a statement.

As with the exclusion of athletes, directors, conductors and other creative industry professionals get the boot. In New York, for example, the iconic Carnegie Hall was to host the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Russian music director, Valery Gergiev, with piano soloist, Denis Matsuev. The two musicians, who are believed to have close ties to Putin, have been removed from the program and replaced.

Other prestigious companies also agree to withdraw the Russians.

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York announced on Sunday that it would sever all ties with “Russian artists and institutions allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin”.

Other productions, including plays and opera performances, to name a few, were also dropped.


In addition, the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom have agreed to remove certain Russian banks from the SWIFT international banking system in an effort to limit Russia’s ability to finance its invasion of Ukraine.

SWIFT is the abbreviation of Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. Simply put, it’s is a global payment system, used by more than 11,000 financial institutions and businesses worldwide, in more than 200 countries. It is basically a messaging system for money transfers.

“Because Russia is now cut off from this central system, the Russian central bank will have its assets frozen and that will really limit Russia’s ability to access its reserves overseas and really isolate Russia now,” Gavin said. Grey, British correspondent.

Meanwhile, locals are wondering where South Africa stands in this battle between what appears to be most of the world against Russia. The country has already begun to feel the effects of the invasion. These include an increase in fuel, food and energy prices.

Also read: Food, fuel and energy prices will skyrocket in the wake of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, experts say

A sponsored (often indicating paid content in the media world) was shared this morning by a South African news agency. The Russian Foreign Ministry has written to the South African government to celebrate our diplomatic relations.

The content devotes paragraphs to “South African friends” of the Russian MFA. In fact, he congratulated “our South African friends on this occasion”.

Read the full statement here:

Russia celebrates 30 years of diplomacy with SA – A ‘flattering’ reminder to its ‘friends’

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