Russia-Ukraine war: Elina Svitolina refuses to play match against Russian Anastasia Potapova | Tennis News

Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina has said she will not play her 32nd round match against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova at the Open Monterrey unless the tennis team follows the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee. IOC officials said on Friday (February 25) that the Russian and Belarusian flags should not be displayed at international sporting events following Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

On Monday, the IOC executive committee went ahead and recommended sports teams to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes and government officials from competing in the events, but Sovitolina let its feelings clear before the new release. “We Ukrainian athletes request the ATP, WTA and ITF to comply with the IOC’s recommendations to accept only Russian or Belarusian athletes as neutral athletes, without displaying any national symbols, colors, flags or flags. song of praise, ”said Svitolina.

“Accordingly, I want to announce that I will not be playing tomorrow in Monterrey, or any other game against Russian or Belarusian tennis players until our organizations make this important decision.” he added.

In a different but similar statement earlier on Monday, Ukrainian female tennis players along with Marta Kostyuk and Lesia Tsurenko called on the WTA to pull out all the matches from Russia following the Ukraine attack. Athletes from Ukraine and other countries have urged foreigners to take action after Russia launched its offensive by land, air and sea last week following the declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “major operation” that it says is not designed to capture territory but to destroy the military capabilities of its southern neighbor and take what it sees as dangerous countries. “We Ukrainian tennis players would like to express our deepest surprise and concern with any lack of response to the situation with our motherland,” the statement said.

“It is strange even that in previous cases of social injustice and sexual harassment the WTA responded quickly, appropriately and confidently. We demanded that the WTA immediately condemn the Russian government, pull all matches out of Russia and close ITF to do the same. Stop the war. Stop Russian aggression. Bring peace to our homes. Be human. ” The WTA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Sunday, the Ukrainian Tennis Federation urged the governing body of the sport, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to immediately expel Russia and Belarus from the industry and ban Russia from each team and tournament.

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