FIBA has suspended Russian teams and officials from basketball and 3×3 basketball competitions “until further notice,” the international governing body announced Tuesday.
In a statement, FIBA said they remain “very concerned by the recent events in Ukraine and expresses its deepest sympathies to the victims.”
Additionally, FIBA said it “strongly condemns violence and hopes peace will urgently prevail.”
FIBA also said it had made the decision to suspend Russian participation at the recommendation of the International Olympic Committee executive board. On Monday, the IOC called on the suspension of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from international competition “in order to protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all the participants.”
It is unclear whether or not this affects the participation of Russian teams UMMC Ekaterinburg and Dynamo Kursk in the EuroLeague playoffs. The EuroLeague is organized by FIBA.
Further communication from FIBA’s European Zone bodies is expected in the coming days. A central board meeting on March 25 could lead to further action being taken by FIBA.
Other international sport governing bodies have also responded to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On Monday, FIFA suspended all Russian participation in competition, keeping the Russian women’s national team from upcoming World Cup qualifiers and putting in jeopardy their participation in the 2023 tournament.
The IIHF has issued similar suspensions “in every age category,” which would include the recently rescheduled U18 Women’s Worlds and 2022 Women’s World Championships. Additionally, the International Skating Union has barred Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing. The world championships are scheduled for later this month.
Ukrainian tennis players have been outspoken in regards to the WTA, calling on the tennis body to remove events from Ukraine. They are expected to announce a ban of the Russian flag, with Elina Svitolina announcing that she will compete in her Tuesday match against Russian opponent Anastasia Potapova “because my opponent is going to be under a neutral flag.”
The ITF has canceled events in Russia “indefinitely.”
Previously, it has been reported that many WNBA stars who compete for Russian teams have been looking to leave the country due concerns over the escalating conflict.