WBA Endorses Sanctions on Russia And Belarus
The WBO has announced that Russia, its ally Belarus and all athletes/officials from both nations will be facing heavy embargoes.
WBO fighters of Russia and its supporter Belarus will be omitted from upcoming rankings. Apart from that, their officials will also be banned from working title fights.
Though some people still believe that this is just a campaign for peace, the agenda behind is clear and that is to condemn the Russian war.
According to these sanctions, fighters from the ally countries won’t be allowed to enter the ring having their flag, their anthem will not be played and the name of their country won’t be mentioned.
Moreover, the next month’s WBO rankings won’t include Russian and Belarus fighters.
However, the fighters from both countries are not sanctioned from their upcoming fights. Officials from either country cannot work the world and/or regional championship fights.
Earlier, FIFA also removed Russia from the World Cup. Likewise, the International Olympic Committee has also recommended removing Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from every international.
The most significant boxer who is most likely to get affected the most is Dmitry Bivol. The boxer is scheduled to defend his light heavyweight title against Canelo Alvarez in May.