The Russian invasion of Ukraine is underway, and it has already killed thousands of people, including civilians. on command Russian President Vladimir Putin The Russian military caused the largest conflict in Europe since World War II. In connection with the heroic defense of the Ukrainians defending their land, the Russians are committing more and more disgusting acts, such as using a thermobaric bomb or bombing civilian targets with missiles.
Zaxa refuses to play with the Russians. “We do not blame the Russian athletes”
And the Russian barbaric actions in Ukraine are hitting the world sports. Public opinion demands the exclusion of Russians from all international competitions, and some federations have already made such decisions. FIFA and UEFA suspended Russian clubs and the Russian national team, and FIVB Russia has taken away the rights to host this year’s Men’s Volleyball World Championships.
However, it has not yet made a final decision about the Russians European Volleyball Federation (CEV)So Russian clubs can still participate in it matches Champions League. In the absence of a decision by the European volleyball authorities, the ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle team decided to take the matter into their own hands, which was due to face Dinamo Moscow in the quarter-finals of these games.
On Tuesday, the defending champions issued a special statement in which they refused to play for the Russian national teams, but most of all demanded that the Russians be excluded from the tournament.
– ZAKSA SA would like to inform you that in the current situation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, after consulting the owner of the club, Grupa Azoty ZAK SA, sees no prospect of any competition with the Russian team – Moscow Dynamo inside Champions League – We read the statement. – The main reasons for this are the safety of the participants in the encounters, even those who play on neutral ground, and the need for a solidary attitude of the European volleyball family towards the drama of Ukrainian society. We would also like to stress that we do not blame the Russian athletes for the military actions of their authorities against Ukraine.
At the same time, we would like to point out that the club’s decision does not mean the team’s resignation. Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle From participating in the European Volleyball Champions League. The club’s position has been presented to the European Volleyball Federation (CEV) – The club noted.
ZAKSA’s first encounter with dynamo It was scheduled to take place in Kędzierzyn-Koźle on March 8.
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