The declaration affects basketball players if they compete in Russia or Belarus
Louis Labeyrie recently joined a Russian team. © Diogo Cardoso / DeFodi Images via Getty Images
The French basketball authorities have announced a national team ban on any players who choose to appear for teams in Russia or Belarus.
The step was announced by the press service of the French basketball federation (FFBB) on Monday, and declared that “the players and staff of the France Teams will no longer be selectable if they sign a contract with a Russian or Belarusian club, as long as the conflict [in Ukraine] is ongoing.”
The FFBB noted that Russian and Belarusian teams are currently banned by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) from all competitions under its auspices.