"International Sports Federations and organizers of sporting events do not invite or allow the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials in international competitions." Through this statement, the Executive of the International Olympic Committee recommended banning Russian and Belarusian athletes from all international sporting events or forcing them to compete as neutral athletes.
As for the tennis world, the ITF has decided to exclude Russia and Belarus from the Davis Cup and the Billie Jean King Cup. The ATP and the WTA have however specified that Russian and Belarusian athletes will be able to continue competing in the respective Tours without representing their countries.
Medvedev removes the Russian flag from his Instagram profile
Daniil Medvedev, the new world number one, has not hidden himself and has sent several messages of peace in recent weeks. "Today I want to speak for every child in the world.
Everyone has dreams, their life has just begun: the first friends, the first great emotions. Everything they hear and see is the first time in their life. This is why I want to ask for peace in the world, between countries. Children are born with an inner trust in the world, they believe in everything: in people, in love, in security and justice, in their chances.
We stay together and show them it's true: every child shouldn't stop dreaming." Medvedev clarified his position by taking another very meaningful action. The 26-year-old from Moscow has in fact eliminated the flag of Russia from the bio of his social accounts.
But is it a right choice? In the end, Medvedev is a tennis player, unrelated to war and what's going on. Medvedev is not the only Russian tennis player who has taken sides against the war in Ukraine. Even Andrey Rublev, after the victory in Dubai, said: "In these moments my game does not count, what is happening is terrible.
You understand how important peace in the world is, and respect each other, no matter who. we are, and be united. We must take care of the Earth and our neighbor. In these hours many have attacked me on the internet just because I am Russian, but even if they throw stones at me I want to show that I am for peace.
I'm no longer to be aggressive or anything."