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Daniil Medvedev: UK government wants assurances that Russian tennis star is not a supporter of Vladimir Putin



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Requested at a UK Parliament choose committee assembly on Tuesday about Medvedev competing at Wimbledon, British Sports activities Minister Nigel Huddleston stated he could search “assurances” that the Russian star, who gained his first grand slam on the US Open final yr, doesn’t help Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Completely no person flying the flag for Russia needs to be allowed or enabled,” stated Huddleston.

“We’d like some potential assurance that they don’t seem to be supporters of Putin and we’re contemplating what necessities we could have to attempt to get some assurances alongside these strains.”

Huddleston stated he was in contact with the event organizers, the All England Garden Tennis Membership (AELTC), and that discussions have been happening.

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CNN reached out to the AELTC however has not acquired a direct response.

Present guidelines permit Russian and Belarusian gamers to compete on the lads’s ATP and ladies’s WTA tour however solely as impartial athletes.

Russia and Belarus, which helped stage the invasion of Ukraine, are banned from crew occasions such because the Davis Cup and the Billie Jean King Cup as sport continues to show its again on Putin.

“My message is at all times the identical — I would like peace in the entire world,” Medvedev instructed reporters earlier this month when requested concerning the conflict.

CNN has contacted Medvedev’s crew about Huddleston’s feedback however didn’t obtain a direct response.

Daniil Medvedev celebrates after winning a match on February 24, 2022.

Nevertheless, WTA head Steve Simon stated he doesn’t need gamers to be banned if they do not publicly criticize the “selections of an authoritarian management.”

“You by no means know what the longer term could convey,” Simon instructed the BBC Tuesday.

“However I can let you know that we’ve got by no means banned athletes from taking part on our tour as the results of political positions their management could take.

“So it could take one thing very vital for that to alter, however once more we do not know the place that is going.”

The WTA must change its guidelines ought to the federal government determine to ban Russian gamers however Simon stated it could not be a transfer he helps.

“I really feel very strongly that these particular person athletes shouldn’t be those which might be being penalized by the selections of an authoritarian management that’s clearly doing horrible, reprehensible issues.”

Wimbledon is scheduled to run between June 27 and July 10.