Daniil Medvedev, Aryna Sabalenka banned from competing at Wimbledon



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Daniil Medvedev, Aryna Sabalenka banned from competing at Wimbledon

Wimbledon has decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing at Wimbledon, a tennis authority with the knowledge of the situation told The New York Times. In March, UK Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston suggested Russian players should be required to publicly denounce Russian president Vladimir Putin before they are allowed to compete at Wimbledon.

Leading Russian players - Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - have all spoken out against the war but Huddleston suggested they should do more in order to be given the green light to play. However, some argued that publicly denouncing Putin could put Russian players and their families in danger.

After carefully taking everything consideration, the All England Club members appear to have decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing at The Championships.

The proposal Huddleston made

“We did make the request to governing bodies relating to individual sportspeople that if they (Russians or Belarusians) wish to participate in a UK sport, they are independent and neutral – and genuinely so," Huddleston said in late March.

“We wish to get the assurance of that in a written declaration that they are not receiving money from Putin, Russia or Belarus. That they will not be making supportive comments of Putin, Russia or Belarus. If people are saying they are neutral athletes, we want the assurance that they are genuinely neutral and therefore there isn’t any connection with Putin.

“If some individual sports or entities choose to do an outright ban of Russian or Belarusian athletes, then we will support that as well. But if they chose to go down the neutral route, then we are requesting they get that assurance."

Medvedev, Rublev, Pavlyuchenkova, Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka are just some of the names that won't be playing at Wimbledon this year.