Tennis #1 Told Will Be Banned From Wimbledon If He Doesn’t Publicly Denounce Putin
What's up with Anglo Maoism and Slavic tennis players?
Editor’s note: He’s already on record as being against the war and would have to play without a flag, but that is still not enough dumping on him. If you’re wondering why the Russians have closed rank, this kind of chauvinism against them is why.
Source: Sports Reporter
World No.2 Daniil Medvedev has been told he may have to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin if he wants to enter England and play Wimbledon.
Medvedev has denounced the war in Ukraine after calling for peace since Putin announced the invasion, which has seen Russia hit with unprecedented sanctions from world leaders.
Now, the UK sports minister has claimed he isn’t comfortable with a Russian athlete flying the Russian flag if they were to win Wimbledon.
This is despite all Russian and Belarusian athletes playing under neutral flags on the WTA and ATP Tour.
“Many countries have agreed that they will not allow representatives from Russia to compete. There are also visa issues as well,” minister Nigel Huddleston said at a select committee in parliament.
“When it comes to individuals, that is more complex.
“Absolutely nobody flying the flag for Russia should be allowed or enabled.”
Hiddleston went on to claim that assurances might have to be made before individual athletes could compete.
“We need some potential assurance that they are not supporters of Putin and we are considering what requirements we may need to try and get some assurances along those lines,” he added.
Huddleston said he was discussing the issue with Wimbledon organisers, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).
Medvedev recently denounce the war in Ukraine, on the day he took over as World No.1 from Novak Djokovic.