The French basketball team will no longer accept players engaged or who will engage in Russian and Belarusian clubs announced the Federation, as a sanction against the operation in Ukraine.
French basketball players already engaged or who will engage in the future with a Russian or Belarusian club will no longer be selectable for the France team until the end of the Ukrainian conflict, the French Federation announced on August 1.
“The players and staff of the French teams will no longer be selectable if they sign a contract with a Russian or Belarusian club, as long as the conflict is ongoing,” explained the FFBB in a press release.
The decision was taken on July 28 during a federal office and “also applies to players, players, staff members who have already signed with a Russian or Belarusian club”.
The question surfaced a few days ago, with the signing of French internationals Livio Jean-Charles (4 caps) at CSKA Moscow and Louis Labeyrie (33 caps) at Kazan.
Following the launch of the Russian army operation in Ukraine on February 24, the International Basketball Federation has decided until further notice to exclude Russia and Belarus from all its competitions, selections or clubs. The same goes for the Euroleague Basketball, an entity that manages the two main men’s club competitions, the Euroleague (C1) and the Eurocoupe (C2).
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