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Tessa Virtue, Mary Simon among 333 Canadians banned from entering Russia – National

Canada’s Foreign Ministry has criticised the Russian government for banning 333 Canadian citizens, including athletes such as Olympic gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Hayley Wickenheiser, from entering the country without prior approval. The Russian government has said the ban is in response to sanctions imposed by the Canadian government against officials, politicians and journalists. The sanctions are mostly symbolic, with Russia banned from hosting major sporting events and Canadian athletes having no reason to travel to the country. The move comes as more international sports federations have excluded athletes from Russia since the country’s invasion of Ukraine last year. The invasion is known in Russia as a special military operation. The bans will also impact the Canadian Governor General Mary Simon and members of provincial legislatures in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

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