The Decision to Ban Russian and Belorussian Flags From Appearing Onsite at the Australian Open is Another Example of Unacceptable Politicisation of Sports
By Russian Embassy in Australia
The decision to ban Russian and Belorussian flags from appearing onsite at the Australian Open is another example of unacceptable politicisation of sports.
On top of already discriminating against Russian tennis players with its ‘neutral flag’ policy Tennis Australia now went further by making sure they can not be visibly supported by their fans.
Quite ironically, Tennis Australia pledges to ‘continue to work… to ensure the best possible environment to enjoy the tennis”.
It is indeed regrettable to see the tournament organisers give in to overt and rather arrogant political manipulation sacrificing the spirit of fair play once inherent to the Australian Open.