The world of sport on the war in Ukraine: Switzerland for sanctions against senior Russian officials
The sports world is also reacting to the situation in Ukraine. Switzerland is in favor of sanctions against senior Russian officials. Dynamo Kyiv is playing a benefit game against BVB. All reports in the ticker.
Switzerland for sanctions against senior Russian officials
Saturday April 16, 2:05 p.m.: Switzerland advocates the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian officials from the management positions of international sports federations. This emerges from a letter from Sports and Defense Minister Viola Amherd to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Federal Office of Sport confirmed the letter, which was first reported on Saturday by the newspapers of the Swiss group Tamedia.
Given the situation in Ukraine, it is no longer enough to exclude athletes from both countries from competitions abroad, the letter says.
Many leading associations are based in Switzerland, including the IOC, the football associations FIFA and UEFA, the European Athletics Association, the World Basketball Federation, the international equestrian, fencing and swimming and many more. Clubs are usually organized privately. The Swiss government believes that the IOC can put pressure on associations, for example by threatening to exclude them from the Olympic family, as indicated by the spokesperson for the Federal Sports Office. The IOC was invited to comment.
Dortmund refuses a charity match against Dynamo Kyiv
Friday, April 8, 4:30 p.m.: Borussia Dortmund are playing a charity match for the benefit of Ukraine, which has been affected by the war of Russian aggression. As the Bundesliga side announced on Friday, coach Marco Rose’s side will play Ukrainian top club Dynamo Kyiv on April 26 at Signal Iduna Park.
“Football is the best thing in the world. But there are things that are so much more important. Peace, Health, Fatherland, Education. We are on the side of the Ukrainians, ”said general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke.
According to BVB, the net proceeds from the game, which comes just three days after the showpiece match against FC Bayern, will benefit an organization “which we are currently selecting carefully and which ensures that Ukrainians in need are helped immediately”. . “We are happy for every football fan, no matter what color they wear, and every person who buys a ticket to help Ukrainians who have been so badly affected by the war,” commented coach Rose.
Dortmund invited the Ukrainian club’s team and coaching and support staff to Dortmund. BVB would like to inform about the kick-off time after consultation with UEFA.
Bundesliga game censored: Russian TV interrupts BVB broadcast
Tuesday, April 5, 11:24 a.m.: Russian TV channel ‘MatchTV’ aired BVB’s Bundesliga match against RB Leipzig on Saturday – but only part of the game. Because shortly before the end of the first half, the transmission suddenly stopped. The reason for the show’s censorship was the pro-Ukrainian embassies in Signal Iduna Park. For example, the call “Stop the war” and the hashtag “StandWithUkraine” could be read on the large billboard.
Russian channel commentator Igor Kytmanov said: “Unfortunately we have to cancel the broadcast for reasons beyond our control. The general rule is that football and politics should be considered separately, but this rule does not apply. always in the Bundesliga respected.”
This decision will likely have consequences. The LDF had already announced at the beginning of March that it would donate one million euros to Ukraine. All income from the television contract with Russia should go into the donation. This was deliberately not interrupted so that “anti-war calls and calls for peace from German stadiums can continue to reach the Russian population”, the DFL said. In this context, it was clarified: if the “basic television signal is repeatedly censored, this will lead to extraordinary termination by the DFL”.
Ukrainian Pidruchny criticizes biathlon star Fourcade and his brother
Monday, April 4, 2:40 p.m.: Ukrainian biathlete Dmytro Pidruchnji has strongly criticized French stars Martin Fourcade (33) and Simon Fourcade (37) after an interview with the eldest of the two brothers. “Martin and Simon, go to hell. I hope your children never feel the pain that Ukrainian children feel,” Pidruchnyi wrote on Instagram, among others.
Pidrichnyi, who, like other athletes in his country of origin, fights in the army against the Russian invaders, was indignant at the declarations of Simon Fourcade on the Russian television channel Match. He qualifies the sports exclusion of the Russians as a “big mistake”. In addition, the head coach of French junior biathlon had cut a French flag during the Junior World Championships in Soldier Hollow (USA), which ended on Sunday, in protest against the banning of the Russian flag and the stuck on the wax cabin of the Russians. , which has only been used at the world championships, learned of his starting ban.
“I’m sorry that I voted for Martin on the NOC committee and that such great athletes turned out to be shitty people,” Pidrushnyi, 30, wrote. The five-time Olympic gold medalist, who was elected to the IOC Athletes’ Commission at the Beijing Winter Olympics, wrote in response on Instagram: “I understand your anger and sadness, but don’t allow yourself to “offend anyone for not agreeing with what he is. my brother said! In case you’ve forgotten, my name is Martin and I haven’t done an interview lately !”
Simon Fourcade also commented on social media, where he received many hateful comments: “I don’t support the war and I don’t support the Russian government!” At the same time, he argues that the exclusion of Russian athletes is “completely counterproductive and a great deal of hypocrisy”. perhaps.
Franz Beckenbauer finds the war in Ukraine “simply terrible”
Friday, April 1, 10:31 a.m.: Franz Beckenbauer is deeply marked by the war in Ukraine. “These images and messages reaching us from Ukraine are simply terrible. Many people die, are injured or have to flee traumatized – from their homeland”, said the honorary captain of the German national football team in an interview with the club magazine “51”. “Fortunately, the solidarity with these people in western world is very high, and if many people help, we will be able to alleviate the unimaginable suffering of the refugees, at least as best we can.”
In May, the Franz-Beckenbauer Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary. The institution also wants to help Ukrainians. “The foundation will help these people in need as much as possible, especially disabled people or sick people in individual cases,” said the world champion as a player in 1974 and a coach in 1990.
Beckenbauer appeals to the public: “Everyone can do good”
Beckenbauer tries to keep a positive outlook on the world. “Given the bad news coming from all over the world and especially now from Ukraine, one could easily get the feeling that individuals are not achieving anything. We also want to counteract this resignation with the foundation: everyone can do good – everyone within the limits of their possibilities,” Beckenbauer said. “I don’t want to imagine a world of the discouraged, in which nothing advances because everyone thinks there is nothing to be done. I myself have seen quite often in my life what can be achieved when you are passionate about your goals.
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