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Ukrainian tennis star issues ultimatum over Russian & Belarusian rivals

Posted On: Jun 28, 2022   |   Posted By: RT

Ukrainian tennis star issues ultimatum over Russian & Belarusian rivals

Elina Svitolina called on tennis officials to act as she was due to meet Russian rival Anastasia Potapova
Ukrainian former world number three Elina Svitolina has refused to play rivals from Russia and Belarus unless they are stripped of their national flag, anthem and all other symbols at competitions.
Svitolina was due to play Russia's Anastasia Potapova in the first round of the Monterrey Open in Mexico on Tuesday.
“I believe the current situation requires a clear position from our organizations: ATP, WTA and ITF,” wrote Svitolina, 27, in a message shared on social media.
“As such, we - Ukrainian players - requested to ATP, WTA and ITF to follow the recommendations of the IOC to accept Russian or Belarussian nationals only as neutral athletes, without displaying any national symbols, colours, flags or anthems.
“Accordingly, I want to announce that I will not play tomorrow in Monterrey, nor any other match against Russian or Belarussian tennis players until our organizations take this necessary...

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