The role of the French Basketball Federation to threaten sanctions

Who said that sports are a vector of friendship between peoples? Obviously, the mantra is not the motto of the leaders of the French Basketball Federation. As the war in Ukraine continues, “FFBB” published a press release on its website on August 1 warning its players: The players and staff of the French teams will no longer be able to choose if they sign a contract with a Russian or Belarusian club, as long as the dispute continues. […] This decision also applies to players and employees who have already signed with a Russian or Belarusian club. »

An explicit but insufficient “warning”, based on the rest of the text, visitor – Sweet understatement -“ All delegates were selected for the French men’s and women’s team […] To sign a sworn statement […] Noting that they are not and will not participate in a Russian or Belarusian club for the duration of the conflict with Ukraine “.

As for those who did not understand the message, the FFBB specifies that the rebel will be denied “ Upcoming international events, including the 2024 Olympic Games The decision, made by the Federal Office on July 28, reflects the case of two French players who signed a few days ago with Russian clubs: Livio-Jean-Charles at CSKA Moscow and Louis Lapere in Kazan.

Especially precise sports environment

This type of sanctions reminds us of sanctions that started at the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict against anything that could directly or indirectly affect Russia. The world of sports is particularly adept at showing the (beautiful) example: “ Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee International sports federations (IFs) and sports event organizers recommend not to invite or allow the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials in international competitions. published by the International Olympic Committee on February 28.

A meticulously implemented “recommendation” by the International Ice Hockey Federation – which suspended Russia from the two selections for the next World Cup – and basketball in the Euroleague. As is the case for the international federations of skiing, biathlon, rowing, rugby or even gymnastics.

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In football, both FIFA and UEFA exclude Russian delegations from their competitions. On the other hand, the two unions are more reticent when it comes to Qatar’s condemnation of the reserved treatment of migrant workers responsible for building the stadiums that will host the 2022 World Cup.

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But the sports world is not the only one taking part in this moral race. The culture sector also offers its share of such stories. the magazine the point Listed some examples at the beginning of March.

In Scotland, the Glasgow Film Festival’s modesty was better than showing two Russian films; In Ireland, Russian pianist Roman Kosyakov saw the cancellation of his participation in the Dublin International Piano Competition; In Canada, the Vancouver Recital Society suppressed the concert of young pianist Alexander Malofeev, citing his reluctance to come out clearly against the invasion.

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Should we punish Goethe or Mozart for the abuses committed by Nazi Germany? “,” Ask us in our columns Producer of the famous Red Army Choir, Thierry Wolff, whose troupe had to abandon their Canadian tour the day after hostilities broke out in Ukraine.

Another example, another area, is no less symbolic. Coming this time from California Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell. In an interview with CNN on February 24 – the day of the invasion – he directly attacked ” Russian students from USA “You call them” fire Undoubtedly, the return of young Russians to the country would have shaken Vladimir Putin.

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