Fans Banned From Bringing Russian Flag to ‘Australian Open’

Tennis Australia has banned fans from bringing Russian and Belarusian flags to the stands of the “Australian Open” due to complaints from Ukrainian fans. 

Picture: SBS Russia

The organizers of the “Australian Open” reminded that initially fans from Russia and Belarus could bring flags, but they were forbidden to wave them so as not to cause interference for other spectators.

“From today, the Russian and Belarusian flags will be completely banned at the Australian Open,” the organization stated.

According to the statement, the reason for such a decision was, among other things, the complaint of the Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia Vasyl Miroshnichenko. He was outraged that during the first round match of the “Australian Open” Tennis Championship between Ukrainian Kateryna Baindl and Russian Kamilla Rakhimova, there was a fan with the flag of Russia on the spectator stand. The Ukrainian diplomat also demanded not to allow Russians to the tournament, but the organizers refused to suspend tennis players from Russia.

Ru-Main, 18.01.2023
Source: Lenta 

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