FIBA suspends Russian teams and officials from international basketball competitions until further notice
On Tuesday, FIBA announced that Russian teams and officials were suspended from international basketball competitions – including 3×3 – until further notice. The decision was made in light of Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine.
The FIBA statement in full:
FIBA remains very concerned about the recent events in Ukraine and expresses its deepest sympathy to the victims.
In accordance with the resolution of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee and its reasons, FIBA today announced that Russian teams and officials will not be allowed to participate in FIBA basketball and basketball competitions. ball 3×3 until further notice.
FIBA will communicate any further decisions taken by the Central Board at its March 25 meeting, as well as by FIBA European Zone bodies in the coming days.
FIBA strongly condemns the violence and hopes that peace will prevail urgently.
The Russian men’s national team played as recently as February 24 in a FIBA World Cup 2023 qualifier against the Netherlands, winning 80-69. They currently sit first in Group H of the European qualifying region. The next match is only scheduled for July 1 against Italy.
As for the Russian women’s national team, they have qualified for the FIBA Women’s World Cup 2022, which will take place in Australia from September 22 to October 1. The draw for this event is scheduled for March 3. It is unclear whether Russian women will still be included in this draw given that the actual event is months away.
Other international sports bodies such as the IOC and FIFA have also decided to ban and suspend Russian teams and athletes. The IOC ruled that Russia (and Belarus) had broken the Olympic truce and urged sports organizations to ban athletes from those countries from competing in international events. Similarly, FIFA has suspended Russian soccer teams from international competitions, including World Cup qualifiers.