The international company Glory, which organizes and promotes kickboxing fights, terminated contracts with all Russian athletes, including light heavyweight champion Artem Vakhitov. He was also stripped of his title. Glory said that in “this unfortunate situation” there is no fault of the athletes themselves, and after the end of the military operation they will again “be welcomed.”
“Because of the Russian government’s invasion of Ukraine, which Glory denounces, we have encountered a number of obstacles that have made it impossible for its Russian athletes to organize fights. We are talking about travel bans, security concerns, as well as blocking payments in the face of global financial sanctions against Russia. Reigning Glory light heavyweight champion Artem Vakhitov was among several Russian athletes whose contracts were terminated, vacating his title. statement organizations.
Kickboxer Artem Vakhitov is 31 years old and has been performing at Glory since 2013. He has 22 wins and 6 losses.
Glory notes that it first accepted the recommendation of the International Olympic Committee from February last year, which allows Russian athletes to compete, but only in neutral status. However, due to the fact that the Russian military operation in Ukraine continued, Glory decided, in the interests of the career and safety of these athletes, to terminate their contracts with them and exclude them from the rating.
“We would like to thank our Russian athletes for their cooperation during this challenging time and for their historic performance in our league. We value them as athletes, competitors and friends, and this unfortunate situation is not their fault,” Glory said in a statement. The organization also expresses the hope that the military operation in Ukraine will end soon, and Artem Vakhitom and other Russian fighters will be able to return to the ring, “where they will be welcome.”
After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Russian athletes were no longer allowed to participate in international tournaments. Thus, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and the International Football Federation (FIFA) suspended Russian teams and clubs from participating in all international competitions for an indefinite period. The Council of the International Skating Union (ISU) also suspended Russian and Belarusian athletes from the competition.
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