The choice to bar Russian and Belarusian gamers from Wimbledon over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine will incite “hatred and intolerance,” the Belarus Tennis Federation (BTF) stated, including that they’re searching for authorized recommendation on the ban.
The grasscourt main introduced on Wednesday that Russian and Belarusian opponents could be banned from this yr’s event. Belarus is a key staging space for the invasion, which Russia calls a “particular army operation.”
“The Belarusian Tennis Federation categorically condemns the choice of the Wimbledon organizers to droop the Belarusian and Russian tennis gamers,” BTF stated in an announcement on Thursday.
“Such harmful actions under no circumstances contribute to the decision of conflicts, however solely incite hatred and intolerance on ethnic grounds.”
The choice implies that Belarusian gamers together with fourth-ranked Aryna Sabalenka and two-times Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka won’t be able to compete on the June 27-July 10 event.
“The illegal choices of the worldwide tennis organizations regarding our tennis gamers undermine … the popularity of those organizations,” the BTF stated.
“BTF administration continues to be consulting with worldwide regulation corporations on sports activities regulation and growing a method that’s aimed primarily at defending the Belarusian tennis gamers around the globe and tennis within the Republic of Belarus basically.”
The All England Garden Tennis Membership’s (AELTC) determination has been criticized by the ATP and WTA Excursions, although it stated it will “take into account and reply accordingly” if circumstances change between now and June.
British Sports activities Minister Nigel Huddleston, who stated final month he wouldn’t be snug with a “Russian athlete flying the Russian flag” and profitable Wimbledon in London, has welcomed the AELTC’s determination.
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