Moscow to invite “friendly countries” to Russian university games – minister

Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin attends a session of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia June 3, 2021. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

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March 30 (Reuters) – Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin said on Wednesday that Russia would invite “friendly countries” to participate in its national university games, at a time when its own athletes are staying away from related competitions to Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

“This year we are holding the All-Russian Universiade in early July, where we will invite universities from countries that are friends with us,” TASS news agency quoted Matytsin as saying.

Matytsin – who left his post as president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) last year following a court ruling over Russian doping violations – did not say which countries would be invited to attend. event, which had been planned before Russia sent troops into Ukraine.

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Following Russia’s military intervention, for which Belarus was a key staging area, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that international federations ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing.

FISU has banned Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from participating in its events until at least the end of the year. It also stripped Russia and Belarus of three events scheduled for 2022.

It remains unclear whether Russia, which hosted the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, will be allowed to host the 2023 edition of the event in Yekaterinburg as planned.

Russia sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24 in what it called a special operation aimed at degrading its southern neighbor’s military capabilities and eliminating people it calls dangerous. nationalists.

Ukrainian forces mounted fierce resistance and the West imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia in an attempt to force it to withdraw.

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