The order turned into issued on 15 July – the day after England’s dramatic Cricket World Cup very last win over New Zealand.
Among the sports formally recognized in Russia are petanque, draughts, and mini-golfing.
Exclusion from the legit list does not quantity to a ban, however, does suggest cricket will now not be eligible for help from the sports ministry.
Alexander Sorokin, a member of the Moscow Cricket Sports Federation, said the refusal was down to errors in its utility for inclusion at the ministry’s register.
He instructed the TASS news business enterprise the federation might apply again a subsequent year for official recognition, adding that he turned into confident of success.
Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, became the opposite recreation no longer regarded via the ministry in its 15 July order.
Social media users have reacted with derision at the news.
“Cricket is regularly watched via billion human beings – it is the most famous sport in India, Pakistan and different elements of the former British Empire. Therefore, they’re a touch terrified of this Anglo-Saxon recreation in Russia,” joked popular Twitter account Yekhidniye Tvity (Sarcastic Tweets).
“The sports activities ministry has refused to realize cricket and Thai boxing (Muay Thai) as respectable sports in Russia. Meanwhile, in Russia, there exists a cricket federation or even a countrywide group,” tweeted the RBC business each day.