April 6, 11:05 AM
Wimbledon organizers called the situation with the admission of Russian tennis players “challenging”
The decision to admit Russian and Belarusian tennis players will be announced before the deadline for applications in mid-May, with Wimbledon organizers “taking note” of government guidelines on the participation of athletes from both countries.
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The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), which organizes Wimbledon, described the admission of Russian and Belarusian athletes to the grand slam tournament as difficult. About it informs BBC.
“We have taken note of the UK Government’s guidelines on the presence of Russian and Belarusian citizens in a state of neutrality at sporting events in the United Kingdom. We are continuing negotiations with the government, the Lawn Tennis Association and international tennis governing bodies, “said AELTC.
The organizers of Wimbledon added that the decision will be announced before the deadline for entries for the tournament in mid-May.
Medvedev will require written guarantees of neutrality for Wimbledon
British Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston has previously said that athletes from Russia and Belarus who want to take part in tournaments in the kingdom will have to confirm in writing that they will not comment favorably on Vladimir Putin, the Russian or Belarusian authorities and that they will not receive money from them. me.
Huddleston also said the government would support a decision by sports organizations that would rather not allow Russians and Belarusians to participate in tournaments.
The Wimbledon tournament will take place from 27 June to 10 July in London.
Russian and Belarusians take part in the Association of Tennis Professionals Association (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), as well as in Grand Slam tournaments without a flag and anthem. WTA chief Steve Simon has previously opposed the exclusion of athletes from the competition for political reasons.
In the top ten of the men’s world ranking are Russians Daniil Medvedev (2nd place) and Andrey Rublev (8th), in the top twenty of the women’s ranking are Russia’s Anastasia Pavluchenkovova (14), as well as Belarusian Arina Sobolenko (5) and Victoria Azarenko. (17).
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