Svitolina wants Russian and Belarussian athletes banned from Olympics

Svitolina wants Russian and Belarussian athletes banned from Olympics

by Sebastian Dahlman

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Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina feels that it's important to send a message to the world by banning Russian and Belarussian athletes from the Olympics.

Svitolina has been widely involved in relief efforts towards her country since the invasion began. The Ukrainian tennis player was a vocal advocate for punishing her fellow colleagues from those countries praising the Wimbledon decision and criticizing the Tour for sanctioning the event. Her hope is an Olympics ban for them.

The Olympics are the biggest dream and ultimate privilege for athletes. They are the largest platform for inclusion and diversity in sports, capturing the attention of the world. With this in mind we must stick to banning Russian and Belarusian athletes, sending a strong message worldwide, that we are united in the sanctions imposed against Russia and Belarus.

Svitolina calls for Olympics ban

She referenced a promising Ukrainian athlete whose dream was to represent his country at the Olympics getting killed during the war. She believes it's not fair to give Russian and Belarussian athletes a chance to do what he dreamt of doing.

Volodymyr Androshchuk, one of Ukraine's rising stars in track & field, was sadly killed in action. He will never fulfil his potential or dreams at the games, so why should Russian and Belarusian athletes get their chance when their governments are robbing innocent people and athletes of their chance?!!

Svitolina pays tribute to fellow Ukrainian killed in action


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