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Badminton-BWF suspends membership of Russian federation over membership breaches

Nov 30 (Reuters) - The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has suspended the membership of the National Badminton Federation of Russia (NBFR) after it was found to be in breach of its conditions of membership, the sport's governing body said on Thursday.

The BWF had banned Russian and Belarusian athletes in March last year after Russia invaded Ukraine. Belarus is being used as a key staging ground for Russia's war in Ukraine, which Moscow calls a «special operation».

The BWF said the NBFR included «within its jurisdiction territories that fall into the jurisdiction» of Ukraine.

«These are the Ukrainian territories of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia,» it added.

The decision was made at the BWF council meeting on Nov. 11 and will be subject to confirmation by the membership at the annual general meeting next year in Chengdu, China.

Reuters has contacted the NBFR for a comment.

The BWF said Russian athletes will be allowed to compete as «individual neutral athletes.» (Reporting by Pearl Josephine Nazare in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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