Australian sports minister calls for Russia to be excluded from world sport after Ukraine invasion

The federal sports minister has joined forces with other ministers from allied nations in calling for Russia – and Russian athletes – to be exiled from world sports after the invasion of Ukraine.

In a joint statement released late on Friday, the ministers have condemned the actions of the Russian government and called for a series of sanctions by sporting bodies, many of which have already been implemented after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) called for similar actions last week.

“Athletes and teams representing Russia or Belarus are not welcome in Australia,” Sports Minister Richard Colbeck said.

The impact has already been felt in Australia with this week’s official draw for September’s FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup to be staged in Sydney.

Organizers were only able to confirm 11 of the 12 participating countries. The 12th country was listed in the draw as ‘TBD’ after the sports governing body elected to exclude the Russian team.

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