“We demand to suspend the membership of the sports federations of Russia and Belarus in international organizations, as well as to suspend television broadcasts of international sporting events in the territories of Russia and Belarus,” TASS quoted Bortnichuk as saying.

According to him, the application was accepted because some sports federations began to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in international competitions.

The statement was signed by 25 EU countries, with the exception of Bulgaria and Hungary, as well as ministers from the UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Norway and Canada.

Recall that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that sports federations not allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in competitions because of the situation in Ukraine. 

Earlier, Minister of Sports Oleg Matytsin said that sport traditionally plays a unifying role for all peoples of the world, Russia and India will maintain reliable partnerships in this area.