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The head of Wimbledon refused to consider the expulsion of the Russians as discrimination

The president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Ian Hewitt, believes that the organizers of the Grand Slam tournament made the only correct decision.

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The elimination of Russian and Belarusian tennis players from participation in Wimbledon is not discrimination, the organizers made the only correct decision. This was announced at a press conference by Ian Hewitt, president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), which is in charge of celebrating Wimbledon.

“We hope that over time, the players will be able to understand our desire to achieve a responsible result. This is not discrimination in the way that it is being discussed,” Hewitt said.

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“We believe we have made the most responsible decision possible given the circumstances. We had no real alternative to the decision we made in this truly exceptional and tragic situation,” he said.

According to Hewitt, the Wimbledon organizers put a lot of thought into this decision and came to two clear conclusions. “First of all, even if we were to accept applications from Russian and Belarusian players with written statements, there would be a risk of using their success or participation in the interests of the Russian regime’s propaganda machine, which we could not accept. Second, we must ensure that our actions do not put the safety and well-being of players or their families at risk,” Hewitt added.

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AELTC announced on April 20 that the Russians and Belarusians would not play in the tournament, calling its decision “a contribution to a broad effort to limit Russia’s global influence.” Athletes from these two countries will not be allowed to take part in the grass-court tournaments in the UK that precede Wimbledon.

The AELTC decision was opposed by the ATP and the WTA. The eighth racket in the world, Russia’s Andrey Rublev, called the Wimbledon decision “total discrimination.”

Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the season, will take place from June 27 to July 10 in London.


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