Wimbledon officially confirms player ban on Russian, Belarusian players is lifted
by DZEVAD MESIC | VIEW 7967
Wimbledon has officially ended its player ban on Russian and Belarusian players. After being denied participation at 2022 Wimbledon, Russian and Belarusian players will be allowed to compete at The Championships this year.
However, all Russian and Belarusian participants will compete as "neutrals" and will have to "comply with appropriate conditions." "Our current intention is to accept entries from Russian and Belarusian players subject to them competing as ‘neutral’ athletes and complying with appropriate conditions.
These will prohibit expressions of support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in various forms and prohibit entry by players receiving funding from the Russian and/or Belarusian states (including sponsorship from companies operated or controlled by the states) in relation to their participation in The Championships," Wimbledon's statement read.
Wimbledon. We still condemn Russia's actions
Last year, Wimbledon became the first major tennis tournament to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing. But after receiving strong criticism and fines from the governing bodies of tennis, Wimbledon had no other option but to change their stance.
“We continue to condemn totally Russia’s illegal invasion and our wholehearted support remains with the people of Ukraine. This was an incredibly difficult decision, not taken lightly or without a great deal of consideration for those who will be impacted.
It is our view that, considering all factors, these are the most appropriate arrangements for The Championships for this year. We are thankful for the Government’s support as we and our fellow tennis stakeholder bodies have navigated this complex matter and agreed on conditions we believe are workable.
If circumstances change materially between now and the commencement of The Championships, we will consider and respond accordingly," Ian Hewitt, the Chairman of The All England Club, said. In recent weeks, there were strong rumors indicating that it was just a matter of time before Wimbledon would officially end its player ban on Russian and Belarusian players.