In tennis, the two countries are excluded from the team competitions. International tournaments are also no longer held in Russia and Belarus, like the one that was planned in Moscow in October. However, players, like Medvedev, can continue to compete in the Tour or in the major tournaments, but are no longer under their flags.
“International tennis stands together in condemnation of Russia’s actions,” said a broadcast shared by the three tennis associations and the organizers of the Grand Slams in Melbourne, Paris, Wimbledon and New York.
Russia’s Medvedev just replaced Novak Djokovic as the world number one on Monday, so Belarusian Arina Sabalenka could continue to play for third place in the world.
Masepin is allowed to continue driving in Formula 1
Meanwhile, Medvedev compatriot Nikita Masipin can continue to drive in Formula 1. The 22-year-old from Moscow is also allowed to start as a neutral athlete in Class A motorsports “until further notice”. Among other things, this decision was announced by the World Motorsport Council after an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday.
Accordingly, Russian and Belarusian drivers and officials may take part in international competitions only as neutral participants and under the “FIA flag”. They must “explicitly commit to comply with the FIA’s principles of peace and political neutrality”. In addition, no Russian and Belarusian national symbols or flags should be displayed, and the corresponding anthems should not be played at international competitions.
Haas team boss Günther Steiner left open Masepin’s future as driver and Russian miner Uralkali as sponsor last week. The World Motorsport Council has banned all competitions on Russian and Belarusian soil. The Sochi Grand Prix, which had been scheduled for September 25, was canceled on Friday.
Swimming and cycling go the same way
The swimming federations also do not ban Russian and Belarusian athletes and allow them to start as neutral athletes in international competitions. It is also no longer allowed to participate in the name of Russia or Belarus. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin rescinded the FINA medal.
National teams and race teams from Russia and Belarus have also been suspended from international cycling. The UCI World Federation decided on Tuesday. However, riders from both countries are still allowed to compete on international cycling teams, but not under the Russian or Belarusian flag. Competitions will not be held in Russia and Belarus for the time being, and requests for future UCI events will not be pursued.
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