Russian shuttlers are cleared from taking part in regular tournaments with certain restrictions, know more about it

Badminton players and officials in Russia can participate in international tournaments but as a neutral representative.

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By Saket Sonwane | Apr 1, 2024 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has officially lifted the ban on Russian badminton players from participating in regular international tournaments. This punishment was imposed in March 2022 but has now been removed, allowing Russian badminton fans to watch their country’s shuttlers compete in international events once again. This news comes as a relief to many who were disappointed by the ban and are keen to see their favourite players in action.

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Russian badminton players and officials are permitted to take part in regular international tournaments with the same ranking as of the first week of 2022. However, they are not allowed to compete under their national identity or flag during the tournament. They can participate only as neutral players.

There have been some political issues between Russia and Ukraine, which resulted in the BWF banning Russian players from participating in any international badminton tournament due to safety reasons. Despite the International Olympic Committee’s recommendation to allow Russians to return to international events as neutrals, provided they did not represent any country, the authorities decided to prohibit their participation.

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This decision of BWF comes after multiple extensions and Russian players will now be allowed to participate as neutral players. The end of the ban will not only provide Russian players with the opportunity to showcase their talents on the world stage, but it will also increase the competitiveness of badminton as a sport. Additionally, it will offer fans exciting matches in various tournaments.

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