The European Handball Federation (EHF) has suspended Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs from participating in European tournaments indefinitely due to the situation in Ukraine, according to the organization’s website.

The decision was made at an extraordinary meeting of the EHF executive committee on Monday. It applies to all current competitions at the level of clubs and national teams. It is noted that in the near future, various competitions will be restructured in accordance with sports principles and current rules. In addition, according to the EHF decision, referees from Russia and Belarus will not serve matches under the auspices of the organization. Lecturers and members of delegations from Russia and Belarus will not be invited for future meetings and events.

Initially, EHF announced that matches involving Russian and Belarusian teams in European tournaments would not be played this week. On Monday, the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that sports federations not allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete. The IOC added that athletes and teams from Russia and Belarus can participate only as neutral athletes.