FIBA has suspended all Russian teams from competing in any international games, effective immediately, the governing body announced.
The decision was based on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. FIBA expressed its “deepest sympathies to the victims,” in the announcement.
“FIBA remains very concerned by the recent events in Ukraine,” the announcement read. “In line with the International Olympic Committee Executive Board resolution and its reasons, FIBA has announced today that Russian teams and officials will not be allowed to participate in FIBA Basketball and 3×3 Basketball competitions until further notice.
“FIBA will communicate any further decisions taken by the Central Board at its meeting on March 25, as well as by FIBA’s European Zone bodies in the next coming days.
“FIBA strongly condemns violence and hopes peace will urgently prevail.”
Multiple players have been departing Russian clubs, and as we relayed earlier, guard Kevin Pangos has not joined CSKA Moscow, as expected. Pangos was waived by the Cavaliers in mid-February.
Former NBA center Joel Bolomboy and point guard Shabazz Napier are among the players who are departing their Russian teams.
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