The United States and 34 other countries called for tougher sports sanctions against Russia and Belarus, including the suspension of sports broadcasts

35 countries signed a joint statement calling for tougher sports sanctions against Russia and Belarus.

"Individuals closely associated with the Russian and Belarusian states, including but not limited to government officials, should be removed from positions of influence in international sports federations, such as boards and organizing committees," the US State Department said in a joint statement.

The text emphasizes that "the possibility of suspending the broadcast of sports competitions to Russia and Belarus should be considered."

The statement draws attention to the fact that if athletes from both countries are allowed to compete, they must compete only as neutral athletes.

"The use of the official state Russian and Belarusian flags, coats of arms and anthems is prohibited," the statement said.

At the end of February, many international sports organizations stopped allowing Russians to compete on the recommendation of the IOC. In some disciplines, such as football, hockey, athletics and figure skating, athletes are completely suspended. In motorsport, cycling, tennis and chess, Russians continue to perform in a neutral status.

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