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FIBA bans Russia and Belarus from international basketball tournaments indefinitely

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Wednesday banned Russia and Belarus from participating and hosting international tournaments until further notice following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The men’s teams of Russia and Belarus have been dropped from European qualifiers for the World Cup next year and will not be replaced.

Russia called the invasion a “special military operation” while Belarus served as a key staging area.

The Russia women’s team, which was due to play the World Cup in Australia this year, has been withdrawn and replaced by Puerto Rico, while the Russia women’s under-17 team has been replaced by Serbia for the Cup of the world in Hungary.

Neither country is allowed to participate in 3X3 competitions this year, including the World Cup.

Several sports federations have banned Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials, and moved or canceled events in the countries.

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