According to several Western media reports, a Russian tennis player had to change his nationality to another country in order to participate in the Wimbledon tennis tournament in the UK.
According to the Associated Press, the Russian tennis player, named Natela Dzalamidze, has repeatedly represented Russia in doubles events in international tennis events.The All England Club, which hosts the British Wimbledon tennis tournament, has imposed sanctions on Russia and Belarus, barring athletes from those countries after Russia launched a special military operation against Ukraine.
Therefore, Zlamiz, 29 years old and ranked 44th among doubles players, had to change his nationality to Georgia and represent Georgia at the Wimbledon tennis tournament starting on June 27 this year. Her partner is Krunic from Serbia.
Although some British right-wing media such as “The Times” are very dissatisfied with Zlamiz’s approach, the All England Club said that she has met the requirements to participate, and her change of nationality is regulated by the International Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the International Tennis Association. The Federation (ITF) is in charge, and the All England Club is “powerless” to intervene.
It is worth mentioning that only the Wimbledon tennis tournament in the UK has completely blocked athletes from Russia and Belarus.
Previously, Western tennis events, including the United States and France, did not allow the flags of Russia and Belarus to appear on the court, but allowed players from both countries to compete as neutrals.
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