Cricket is not any sport: Russia Government

Russia government has refused to recognize cricket as a sport therefore it will not be eligible for any financial back ups.

Week after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is over that saw hosts England seizing their maiden world title, the ministry of sport of Russian Federation issued the statement reportedly refusing to term cricket as a ‘sport’.

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Along with cricket, Russian government enlisted Muay Thai – a form of boxing originated in Thai as not recognizable as a sport.


July 15, 2019 № 548
On refusal to recognize sports

In accordance with sub-clause b of clause 25 of the Procedure for Recognising kinds of sports, sports disciplines and their inclusion in the All-Russian the register of sports and the procedure for maintaining it, approved by order The Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation of 24.08.2018 No. 739 (registered with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation 10.12.2018, registration No. 52951), p p and k a s in s a:

1. Refuse to recognize the sport “cricket”.

2. Refuse to recognize Muay Thai as a sport.

3. Control over the execution of this order shall be entrusted to Deputy Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation S.V. Kosilov.

Minister PA Kolobkov

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