Tarpishchev said that Russian tennis players who refused to participate in the Olympics cannot be called traitors.

Tarpishchev said that Russian tennis players who refused to participate in the Olympics cannot be called traitors.

President of the Russian Tennis Federation (RFT) Shamil Tarpishchev said the decision to participate in the Paris Olympics rests solely with the athlete.

In men’s singles, Daniil Medvedev, Roman Safiullin, Pavel Kotov and Aslan Karatsev are nominated for the Olympic Games. Medvedev/Safiullin, Kotov/Karatsev will perform in pairs.

In women’s singles, Andreeva, Diana Schneider, Veronika Kudermetova and Ekaterina Alexandrova are nominated for the Olympic tournament. Andreeva/Kudermetova and Alexandrova/Schneider will perform as a duo.

— Among those who have been declared for the Olympic Games, can there be new refuseniks?

— This year, the Olympic Games are not obligatory. We send new athletes to the Games who don’t have medals at the Games, it’s a great school for them. It is impossible to determine whether he is a traitor or not. If a person was a traitor, he would change the country. Last season, 980 people played abroad and no one changed their nationality. So who is the patriot here? It is the athlete’s right to decide whether to go or not. We do not ask those who refuse why they do so. They have the right to choose,” Tarpischev told .

Earlier, a source close to the matter told that Kasatkina would miss the Olympics for personal reasons and a desire to make money.

Paris will host the Olympic Games from July 26 to August 11. The tennis tournament will take place on clay courts.

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Source : MatchTV

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