RUSSIA will not be allowed to host WBC, WBA, WBO or IBF sanctioned boxing competitions.
All four major boxing organizations have called for peace and an end to the conflict in Ukraine.
A statement released by the WBC reads: “The four governing boxing organizations in the world are coming together to express their position regarding the tragic war that is unfolding as Russia invades Ukraine.
“Just as the world calls for a ceasefire, our organizations have decided not to sanction any boxing championship in Russia.
“Just as this war put an end to boxing in Ukraine, our organizations will not sanction fighting in Russia until a new assessment of the situation is made.
“May God bless everyone and bring peace to our world.”
Former world heavyweight champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko are heavily involved in defending Ukraine, Vitali being the mayor of Kyiv.
The couple called on the world to support Ukraine against the Russian invasion with Vitali to take up arms and fight in the army.
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Wladimir also sent a defiant message to Vladimir Putin on Twitter stating that “Ukraine’s will to exist is endless”.
Other sports have also taken action against Russia, with Formula 1 canceling the planned Grand Prix in Sochi.
UEFA also moved the Champions League final from Saint Petersburg to Paris.
The Polish FA have refused to face Russia in next month’s World Cup play-offs, with Sweden and the Czech Republic joining them in their position.
FIFA is under pressure to completely ban Russia from participating in the 2022 World Cup play-offs and has been accused of pandering to the country.