Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared war on Ukraine. Russian troops have moved into Eastern Ukraine and explosions have littered Kyiv since the early hours of the morning. Putin has warned of ‘consequences that have never been experienced in history’ if the west steps in to help Ukraine.
Needless to say, the world is on the brink of a much larger international conflict that we all very unfortunately saw coming.
In the wake of Putin’s declaration, shockwaves have rippled throughout the world.
While I could go into detail on the responses of Biden, Boris, and other world leaders, I want to focus on how the dominos are falling in the sporting world.
In the world of football, Dynamo Moscow striker Fedor Smolov has spoken out on his Instagram. Smolov has posted a black photo with the caption “No to war”. He is the first major Russian athlete to speak out against Putin’s aggression.
On a larger scale, UEFA has announced the Champions League final will no longer be hosted in St. Petersburg. An alternative venue will be sought. Something that we haven’t gotten much clarity on is what may happen to Russian and Ukrainian teams that could be still playing in Europe. Zenit St. Petersburg is still in the Europa League tournament as of now. If they win in Spain today, do they get to play any more home games? Or will they need to find a neutral site?
German club Schalke has removed their sponsor, Russia’s Gazprom logo, from their kits. It will be interesting to see if other clubs sponsored by Gazprom follow suit.
In the world of F1, Sebastian Vettle and Max Verstappen have called for the Russian Grand Prix, set for September of this year, to be canceled. Formula 1 is holding an emergency meeting, and tracking the situation in Ukraine, but they have not committed to making a decision on the September race just yet. Vettle has already said he will not race if F1 continue to hold the event. And I imagine others may follow.
We’re still in the early stages of the severity of this conflict, but I’d expect to see further dominoes fall over the coming days.
- / 11 months ago
To me, Rachel Nichols is the personification of posting a black square on Instagram.