The world of sport is capable of conveying important messages and has decided to openly take a stand against the war in Ukraine. The consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine could become increasingly dire for Russian athletes around the world.
The Champions League final will no longer be in Saint Petersburg but in Paris; the Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Ski World Cup have been cancelled; The International Olympic Committee has withdrawn the Olympic Order from the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.
“The IOC EB, based on the exceptional circumstances of the situation and in view of the very serious violation of the Olympic Truce and other violations of the Olympic Charter by the Russian government in the past, has taken the ad hoc decision to withdraw the Olympic event Order of all persons currently holding an important position in the government of the Russian Federation or in other high-ranking government-related positions.
These include: Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation (Gold, 2001) Mr. Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation (Gold, 2014) Mr. Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Presidential Executive Office (Gold , 2014) The IOC, however, decided not only to punish Putin and use the hard way.”
Medvedev and other Russian tennis players in trouble?
The IOC would like to extend the harsh punishment to Russian athletes who compete in sports as well.
When it comes specifically to tennis, Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Aslan Karstev, Karen Khachanov and all other Russian and Belarusian players are at risk of forced hiatus.
In fact, the executive of the International Olympic Committee has recommended banning the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in all international sporting events or forcing them to compete as neutral athletes.
“International sports federations and organizers of sports events do not invite or allow the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials in international competitions,” the statement read.
We will see the position that the ATP will take after the statement published by the IOC. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, as Kyiv Independen reports, said: “A disaster at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant would be 6 times worse than Chernobyl.
It could have been the end of the story for Ukraine and Europe. How is it possible ? We fought together against the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Have you forgotten? If you remember this, you cannot remain silent. Tell your leaders that you want to live. ”