Daniil Medvedev could be banned from Wimbledon
Russian World number one Daniil Medvedev may not be able to play at this year’s Wimbledon Championships due to his home country being involved in a war with the Ukraine
According to a report, Wimbledon authorities are considering a blanket ban on all Russian tennis players from this year’s Grand Slam tournament, unless they provide assurances that they don’t support the Putin regime, which would rule out players like Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev from competing on the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s hallowed grass courts.
According to a political journalist form the London Times newspaper, the UK Sports Minister was involved in a live debate in the House of commons when he was quoted as saying, “I don’t think people would accept [athletes] very clearly flying the Russian flag in particular if there’s any element of support for Putin and his regime… We are looking at the mechanics of how we could work on that for individuals”
If Medvedev and others did want to compete at Wimbledon under the Russian flag they would need to ‘provide “assurances” that they did not support Putin and did not wave the Russian flag’, said the report.
World tennis No 1 Daniil Medvedev could be barred from playing at Wimbledon unless he provides “assurances” he does not support Putin and does not wave the Russian flag.
Sports minister Nigel Huddleston says he is in “discussions” with All England Club on Russian players
— Chris Smyth (@Smyth_Chris) March 15, 2022
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