Russia’s expansionist aims against Ukraine do not subside and, in response, the world of sport does not stop vetoing the Soviet country and its representatives. The latest tough stance on the part of professional tennis came this week, when the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the Wimbledon tournament was made official, a tough move that found the approval of Marta Kostyuk and Sergiy Stakhovsky.
The young tennis player and the former player, both Ukrainians, have in fact written and published a letter in which they decisively address the top tennis bodies ATP, WTA and ITF, asking them to prevent Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing in all events.
international, along the lines of what will happen at the All England Club.
Kostyuk and Stakhovsky: "Silence makes the oppressor accomplices"
"Ginetta Sagan once said: Silence in the face of injustice is an accomplice of the oppressor.
This could not be truer at this moment," begins the message published jointly by Marta Kostyuk and Sergiy Stakhovsky. "As athletes we live a life in front of the public and therefore we have a huge responsibility.
We noticed that some Russian and Belarusian players at one point vaguely mentioned the war, but never clearly stated that Russia and Belarus they started it on the territory of Ukraine. The very silence of those who choose to remain like this at this time is unbearable, because it leads to the continuation of the murder in our homeland.
We ask that the WTA, ATP and ITF make sure that the players representing Russia and Belarus answer the following questions: 1) Support the invasion of Russia and Belarus into the territory of Ukraine and as a result the war initiated by them villages? 2) Do you support the military activities of Russia and Belarus in Ukraine? 3) Do you support the Putin and Lukashenko regime? If applicable, the letter continues, we ask that Russian and Belarusian athletes be excluded and banned from competing in any international event, as Wimbledon has already done.
There comes a time when silence is a betrayal, and that moment is now." A complex situation that will have to find a solution as soon as possible: will it be possible to find an agreement between players and boards of the Championships?