Russia has claimed a partial triumph in its fight against sporting sanctions imposed on the country. By reinstating table tennis clubs at an important event.
The European Table Tennis Union’s (ETTU) Board of Appeal has reinstated the Russia Table Tennis Union’s. Fakel-Gazprom Orenburg and TTSC UMMC Yekaterinburg into this season’s ETTU Champions League for men.
It ruled that the clubs should not saw as ambassadors of their country. The prohibition was recognized as discriminatory by SILA International Lawyers. This law firm represented the clubs.
The Board, however, denied the application to reinstate the Russian and Belarussian national teams. As well as the prohibition of their national symbol, flags, and anthems at events.
In early March, Igor Levitin, a presidential assistant to Vladimir Putin. Took a leave of absence from his post as ETTU President in response to Russia invasion of Ukraine.
Fakel-Gazprom and Yekaterinburg were drawn together in this season’s Champions League semi-finals.
They could not complete the second leg of their match. On March 4 due to the ETTU Executive Board’s decision to ban their participation the day before.
After defeating the neighboring German team FC Saarbrücken 3-0 and 3-1 in the last four. Borussia Düsseldorf won the title for the seventh time without playing the two-legged final.
Borussia Düsseldorf coach Andreas Prius admitted that “we don’t even know if we can feel champions or not,”. Also, the Champions League currently appears poised to restart.
The ETTU stated that while it “welcomes” the decision to maintain the national team suspension. It expressed unhappiness with the clubs’ choice.
“While the ETTU has no desire to punish athletes for their governments’ decisions. The decision to suspend the Russian club’s construct to ensure athlete safety and the integrity of its competitions. By the International Olympic Committee and International Table Tennis Federation recommendations,” the ETTU stated in a statement.
“The ETTU Executive Board will convene to evaluate the decision’s implications.”
That is not the first time that Russia has succeeded in reversing sanctions imposed in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Court of Arbitration of the International Luge Federation (FIL) lifted the suspension of Russian athletes, coaches, and officials from tournaments last month.
Nonetheless, the pressure on the Russian luge has not decreased. The FIL Executive Board keen to find new legal avenues to bar Russian competitors from participation in its events.
The Russian Luge Federation (FSSR) did not emit from the global governing body during an Extraordinary Congress, and it did decide to remove elected Russian officials.
That includes the resignation of FSSR President Natalia Gart from the FIL Executive Board.
Dmitry Svishchev, chairman of the State Duma Committee for Physical, Culture, and Sports, warned Russian state news agency TASS that they must exercise caution despite their partial table tennis triumph.
“We can only applaud the ETTU appeal body’s judgment, but we should exercise caution since we have already seen a similar situation in luge,” Svishchev added.
“Given that the ETTU has previously indicated unhappiness with the decision of its own appeals board. They are likely to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“Our national federation is managed by experienced individuals. Also, I am confident, will see this crisis through.
“Simultaneously, it is unfortunate that the ETTU has maintained the suspension of our national team.
“However, each decision to reinstate clubs, national teams, or individual sportsmen establishes the proper precedent.
“I am confident that additional International Federations will follow suit.”
The war has precipitated a humanitarian crisis in the European country. The United Nations, human rights office said on Monday (April 2) that the civilian death toll has risen to 3,153, with the actual total likely much higher.
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, an estimated 12.7 million people have been displaced. With five million refugees fleeing to neighboring countries and 7.7 million in Ukraine.