Olympic sports leaders meet amid uncertainty over Russians competing at 2024 Paris Games

The International Olympic Committee in March advised that some Russians and Belarusians could return in individual events but not team sports, if they had not actively supported the war in Ukraine

published on : 31st May 2023

Russia sending nuclear arms to Belarus in Ukraine fight

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has allowed his territory, which borders Ukraine as well as Poland and Lithuania, to serve as a staging ground for Russia's Ukraine offensive.

published on : 26th May 2023

Wimbledon to house Ukraine's players, fund relief efforts

Club chairman Ian Hewitt and club chief executive Sally Bolton said Wimbledon will not be broadcast in Russia or Belarus, and their media will not be allowed at the tournament this year.

published on : 25th April 2023

Triathlon greenlights return of Russian athletes to competition

The board also approved "the lifting of the suspension applied to the countries' participation in World Triathlon events at the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine."

published on : 13th April 2023

Poland scraps fencing event because of Russian participation

After the decision to allow Russians back, more than 300 fencers signed a letter of protest and the organizers of another World Cup event in Germany withdrew as hosts.

published on : 5th April 2023

Wimbledon drops ban on Russians, lets them play as neutrals

The players must sign declarations of neutrality and comply with "appropriate conditions," including not expressing support for Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

published on : 31st March 2023

Why does Russia want tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus?

Putin emphasized that Russia will retain control over any nuclear weapons deployed to Belarus, just like the U.S. controls its tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of its NATO allies.

published on : 28th March 2023

Ukraine war: Putin says Moscow will station tactical nukes in Belarus

Putin argued that by deploying its tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, Russia was following the lead of the United States.

published on : 26th March 2023

Britain lobbies Olympic sponsors over IOC’s Russia stance

Most Olympic sports have excluded athletes from Russia and its ally Belarus since shortly after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. 

published on : 11th March 2023

Belarus sentences Nobel laureate Bialiatski to 10 years in jail

The sentence handed to Bialiatski and his colleagues elicited outrage in the West.

published on : 3rd March 2023

2020: How world rocked by COVID-19, US elections and Black Lives Matter

While COVID-19 has killed 1.7 milion people, the Black Lives Matter movement leads to a major debate about race and the toppling of statues of figures linked to slavery or colonisation.

published on : 27th December 2020