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U.S. and allies urge Russia to stop from Belarus sports federation

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WASHINGTON — USA And a series of allies called on Tuesday to suspend the National Sports Federation of Russia and Belarus from the International Sports Federation due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

According to a joint statement released by the US State Department on Tuesday, sports organizations should also consider stopping the broadcast of competitions to Russia and Belarus.

Other signatories include Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and South Korea. The states of China, India, Latin America and Africa were one of the notable countries not listed as signatories.

A joint statement should clarify that if a sports organization permits competition of Russian and Belarusian athletes, they do not represent the Russian or Belarusian states. Said there is. The use of official Russian and Belarusian flags, emblems and national anthems should be banned.

In March, Washington and its partners stated that Russia and Belarus should not be allowed to host, bid or award international sporting events.

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, many sports organizations have banned Russian athletes. FIFA and UEFA have suspended Russian national teams and clubs from International Football Day since the invasion began on February 24th.

Moscow calls its actions in Ukraine a "special military operation". Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukaschenko said on Sunday that the former Soviet nation stood completely behind Russia in military operations in Ukraine as part of a long-standing commitment to a "coalition" with Moscow.

(Report by Kanisha Singh, Washington)