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Major sporting events moved from Russia

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As Russian forces invade Ukraine, sports bodies around the world moved quickly to strip Russia of events, including the Champions League final and Formula One Grand Prix in Sochi.

Russia launched its invasion by land, air and sea on Friday (NZ time) following a declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin.

European football governing body UEFA have decided to relocate the Champions League final – club football’s showpiece event – to the Stade de France (Home ground of PSG).

Formula One, motorsport’s governing body FIA and the teams discussed the situation and came to the conclusion that it was “impossible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in the current circumstances”.

The race, which joined the calendar in 2014, was scheduled for September 25 at Sochi’s Olympic Park.

Both former champion Sebastian Vettel and reigning champion Max Verstappen said it was “wrong” to race in Russia.

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