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35 countries are demanding the exclusion of Russian associations

Germany and 34 other countries are demanding sanctions for Russian and Belarusian sports associations and officials.

According to their will, they should be suspended by international associations such as the IOC and no longer be allowed to hold important posts. The US Department of the Interior released a corresponding statement on Tuesday.

The German Parliamentary State Secretary Mahmut Özdemir (SPD) from the Ministry of the Interior responsible for sports is one of the signatories.

The collective of “like-minded nations” recognizes the autonomy of sports federations, but takes the position that “Russian and Belarusian national sports federations should be suspended from international federations”. People who are closely connected to the Russian or Belarusian state should also be removed from important posts. This does not only apply to government officials. In addition, national and international sports organizations should consider suspending TV broadcasts of their competitions to Russia and Belarus, it said.

Many international sports federations have banned athletes from Russia and Belarus from participating in international competitions since the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. However, the national federations are still largely part of organized sport. For example, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) lists two Russians among the voting members and two more among the honorary members.

Alexander Dyukov, president of the Russian Football Association, is on the UEFA executive board. He also holds a senior position at energy giant Gazprom.

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