Russia’s world champion beach footballers pining for international return

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Russia’s world champion beach footballers pining for international return

Russia’s men’s beach football team, who were world champions in 2021, may not have the opportunity to defend their title in 2024 due to their suspension from international competitions. This decision was made by UEFA and FIFA after Russia sent troops to Ukraine in February 2022. The ban not only affects the national team but also has wider implications for the sport. Captain Anton Shkarin expressed his disappointment, stating that the disconnection from the international stage has had a negative impact on the team’s performance. Despite the ban, Russia recently hosted and won a friendly tournament, showcasing their talent and potential. Fedor Zemskov, a forward for the team, emphasized the importance of personal motivation and called for self-reflection within the country. Head coach Mikhail Likhachev acknowledged the difficulties faced by athletes and coaches in this situation. While some Olympic sports have readmitted Russian and Belarusian athletes as neutrals, Russia plans to organize a competition for members of the BRICS alliance next year. The players expressed their willingness to compete in any opportunity that arises. Goalkeeper Stanislav Kosharnyi emphasized the importance of playing, even if it means not representing the country officially. Ultimately, the players will make their own decisions, but they remain committed to defending their country’s colors.

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