Russia’s Sports Minister Oleg Matisin said on Wednesday that Russia would invite “friendly countries” to participate in its national university games, at a time when its own athletes would stay away from the Moscow war competition in Ukraine.
“This year we are hosting the All-Russian Universidad in early July, where we will invite universities from our friendly countries,” the TASS news agency quoted Matisin as saying.
Matisin, who resigned as president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) last year following a court ruling on Russian doping violations, did not specify which country would be invited to the event, which was planned before sending troops to Russia. Ukraine.
Following Russia’s military intervention, for which Belarus was a major staging ground, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that the International Federation bar both Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing.
FISU has banned Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from participating in the event, at least until the end of the year. It also snatched Russia and Belarus from the three events scheduled for 2022.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Russia sent thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24 in what it called a special operation to reduce the military capabilities of its southern neighbor and to eradicate people who are considered dangerous nationalists.
Ukrainian forces have put up strong resistance and the West has imposed extensive sanctions on Russia in an attempt to force it to withdraw.
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