Daniil Medvedev And Other Russian and Belarusian Tennis Players Have Been Banned From Wimbledon

After the war in Ukraine kicked off in February, many sectors were forced to do a double take on their business dealings with and views on Russia along with their president Vladimir Putin.

Many in the financial sector have stopped working with Russian businesses and oligarchs, Germany cancelled it's pipeline with Russia, and many American companies have closed up shop in Russia.

Sports is no acceptation to this.

St Petersburg was stripped of hosting the Euros, F1 boycotted the Russian Grand Prix, Chelsea FC was stripped from it's oligarch owner Roman Abramovich, and various football team sponsors have had their names scrubbed due to being Russian state owned or being owned by Russian oligarchs.

But the extreme of all this is banning players from Russia and Belarus simply because of that, they're from Russia and Belarus.

Across the pond in the United States and Canada, the National Hockey League (NHL) and the American Hockey League (AHL) have faced mounting calls for teams to get rid of Russian and Belarusian players, including Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin who's confirmed to be linked with Putin.

But many have held off from this due to it being viewed as discriminatory, but sports bans and boycotts aren't new.

Rhodesia (Present day Zimbabwe) was banned from the 1972 Munich Olympics due to the ongoing Bush War and White Minority Rule.

South Africa was boycotted and later banned from the world of sports entirely by the 1980's due to Apartheid and occupying South West Africa (Modern day Namibia).

Russia was banned after the 2016 Rio Olympics due to their state sponsored doping program.

NATO countries boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics following the USSR's intervention in the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (DRA) against the Mujahideen.

The Soviet Union, Warsaw Pact nations, and other communist states boycotted the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics following the 1983 American intervention in communist Grenada.

And Chile was boycotted during various World Cups and Copa Americas during the rule of fascist dictator Augusto Pinochet from 1973-1990.

Now in 2022, the famous Wimbledon Championships here in Britain have announced that Russian and Belarusian tennis players will be banned from attending the prestigious tennis competition for the foreseeable future.

This has left Russian and Belarusian tennis stars like Daniil Medvedev and Aryna Salablenka to be forced to either compete as independents, under the British flag, or sit out of the iconic event.

This is in similarity to the Russian Olympic Team going under the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) after the 2016 Rio Games, which lasted until this year when all Russians were banned after the 2022 Beijing Games following the invasion of Ukraine.

The Wimbledon Championships take place from June 27th to July 10th in the summer.

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