Novak Djokovic is against Wimbledon's 'crazy' ban on Russian, Belarusian athletes

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Wimbledon revealed on Wednesday that all Russian and Belarusian gamers will be prohibited from the Grand Slam following Russia’s intrusion of Ukraine. Not everybody is helpful of this choice, consisting of among the video games most significant stars, Novak Djokovic.

The Serbian stated Wimbledon’s choice to prohibit the professional athletes is “crazy.” Here is what Djokovic informed press reporters, through Reuters:

“I will always condemn war; I will never support war being myself a child of war. I know how much emotional trauma it leaves. In Serbia we all know what happened in 1999. In the Balkans, we have had many wars in recent history. However, I cannot support the decision of Wimbledon, I think it is crazy. When politics interferes with sport, the result is not good.”

Djokovic included that he thinks the professional athletes have absolutely nothing to do with the war.

The Wimbledon restriction implies males’s No. 2 Daniil Medvedev of Russia and ladies’s No. 4 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus will not have the ability to complete in case. 

Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina likewise spoke on the restriction.

“We don’t want them banned completely. If players don’t speak out against the Russian government then it is the right thing to ban them,” she stated. “We just want them to speak up, if they are with us and the rest of the world or the Russian government. This is for me the main point. If they didn’t choose, didn’t vote for this government, then it’s fair they should be allowed to play and compete.”

The All England Club states it will “consider and respond accordingly” if modifications concerning Russia’s continuous intrusion of Ukraine come in between now and the start of the competition, which is arranged to start on June 27.



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