Tennis player Elina (Svitolina) Monfils posted a message on social media asking that Russian athletes not participate in the Olympics.
As the looming Paris 2024 Olympic Games and as the war provoked in Ukraine by Russia continues, discussions on the possibility or not for Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in the sporting event are more debated than ever. The latest personality to have given her clear opinion on the issue, tennis player Elina (Svitolina) Monfils has been reacting enormously since Wednesday.
” The Olympics are the greatest dream and an ultimate privilege for athletes. They are the biggest platform for inclusion and diversity in sport, capturing the attention of the world. With this in mind, we must continue to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes in order to send a strong message across the world; that we are united on the sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus, and that the heinous acts committed by their governments have consequences. For Madame Monfils, things have been said.
A message variously appreciated
And the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bronze medalist added, still speaking of Russian and Belarusian athletes: “ They cannot continue to live normally, Russians and Belarusians cannot be ignorant of the atrocities committed in Ukraine. Originally from the country invaded since February 24, 2022, Elina Svitolina received a very large number of comments on this message posted Wednesday on Twitter. And many Internet users have expressed their misunderstanding, with more or less measure. “I still like you and I know you mean well, commented this user, but that’s not how we’re going to get together. “I love you Elina, but NO,” added another user.
✊🏼🇺🇦 @Olympics @iocmedia #RoadToParis2024 pic.twitter.com/4jQbvVQHzn
— Elina Monfils (@ElinaSvitolina) February 1, 2023
Still love you and know you mean well, but this isn’t the way gotta come together 😢
— Don (@Dineroo_Don) February 1, 2023
Other comments have also approved the message delivered by Mrs. Monfils. In the meantime, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has indicated that it is studying the possibility of involving Russian and Belarusian athletes under a neutral flag.
— Marcin Kwiatkowski (@kwiaatek) February 1, 2023
An eventuality strongly criticized by Ukraine, like the words of Elina Monfils. The final decision will have to wait a little longer, but it is likely to make people talk. Whoever she is.