Wimbledon Bans Russian and Belarusian Players

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) announced that it was banning Russian and Belarusian tennis players including Daniil Medvedev over the Ukrainian invasion. 

“We share in the universal condemnation of Russia’s illegal actions and have carefully considered the situation in the context of our duties to the players, to our community, and to the broader UK public as a British sporting institution. We have also taken into account guidance set out by the UK Government specifically in relation to sporting bodies and events,” said the AELTC. 

AELTC chairman Ian Hewitt said that they recognized the effect on the affected players and that their suffering is caused by the actions of the leaders of the Russian regime.

“Given that Russia is a strong tennis country and our athletes possess top lines of the world rating, the tournament itself would suffer because of this ban. It is unacceptable to make the athletes once again hostages of certain political prejudice, intrigues, and hostile actions towards our country,” said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

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