The West has become what they claim to fight against.
Free speech censoring communists.
Censorship hit the tennis court as the world’s #1 men’s player, Russian star Daniil Medvedev, faced an outrageous demand to compete at Wimbledon.
The 13-time ATP singles champion must denounce Vladimir Putin to participate in the prestigious tournament.
Daniil Medvedev, the world No 1 tennis player, could face a ban from Wimbledon unless he provides public assurances that he is not a supporter of President Putin https://t.co/BPhaW4gaRG
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) March 16, 2022
In a supposedly free and liberal society, this sort of thought policing is immoral. When one considers what happens to Russians who denounce their government, it's a disgrace. https://t.co/6JKSzyaqx2
— Oliver Smith (@ollysmithtravel) March 15, 2022
Sorry? What? The UK Sports Minister is demanding that Russian tennis players engage in a ritual public denunciation of their own country's govt in order to be permitted to play in tennis tournaments? What are we becoming? https://t.co/8SZleexbGX
— Andrew Lilico (@andrew_lilico) March 15, 2022
From The Times:
Daniil Medvedev, the world No 1 tennis player, could face a ban from Wimbledon unless he provides public assurances that he is not a supporter of President Putin.
Nigel Huddleston, the sports minister, told a hearing of the digital, culture, media and sport select committee today that the government would only allow individual athletes from Russia or Belarus to compete in events in the UK if they received assurances that the individual was not linked to the Russian or Belarusian states or their leaders.
Ukrainian ex-tennis player Alexandr Dolgopolov supported the ban, ridiculously stating all Russians are “responsible for their government and their president.”
Ukrainian ex-tennis player Alexandr Dolgopolov insists world No 1 Daniil Medvedev should be BANNED from playing https://t.co/pMJqEcBxlK
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) March 17, 2022
Daily Mail reported:
In tennis, the sport has decided Russian and Belarusian players are not allowed to play under their country’s name or flag – instead playing as neutrals – and are banned from team competition amid the war.
However, Ukrainian Dolgopolov has criticised these actions as not being enough and is demanding more to be done.
The 33-year-old believes there should be tougher sanctions imposed on the players despite the likes of Medvedev and Russian compatriot Andrey Rublev calling for peace.
‘I know all those guys personally. I even played Daniil when I was playing. They are nice guys but no offence to them – I believe Russia should be blocked from any participant in any sport, in any culture,’ he told BBC Sport.
‘I think every Russian is responsible for their government and their president.
‘Just being neutral, taking away their flag, we know that is not changing anything. And even the sanctions that are happening now, even the destroyed economics it is not enough for [Russian president Vladimir Putin] to stop.’
Anyone who calls for censorship, banishment, or discrimination on a civilian for the actions of their government is an imbecile.
These actions have no place in a free society.
While facing the threat of banishment from Wimbledon, Medvedev said he wants peace: