Formula 1 will no longer be headed to Russia for its September Grand Prix race after the country invaded Ukraine this week.
The race, which was set for Sochi on Sept. 25, will not be immediately rescheduled as of now, according to a statement from Formula 1.
“We are watching the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the present situation,” the statement reads. “On Thursday evening Formula 1, the FIA, and the teams discussed the position of our sport, and the conclusion is, including the view of all relevant stakeholders, that it is impossible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in the current circumstances.”
The news from Formula 1 is the latest example of the sports world reacting to the events in Ukraine.
On Thursday, soccer associations in Poland, Czech Republic and Sweden stated they will refuse to play in the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches in Moscow after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military invasion of Ukraine.
The country’s federations asked UEFA and FIFA to find “alternative solutions” for locations of these upcoming games.
Moreover, UEFA is set to move the 2022 Champions League final out of St. Petersburg, Russia.
Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have publicly asked professional sports leagues to cancel or move upcoming sporting events from Russia.