Sunday, January 29, 2023

Russian athletes join ‘no to war’ plea

Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev made a bold statement in Dubai, writing ‘No war please on the TV cameras.

As the world of sports activities joins the relaxation to isolate Russia, after it invaded Ukraine, now even Russian athletes are popping out to voice their ‘no to warfare’ plea.
The newly topped world No. 1 tennis star Daniil Medvedev and ice hockey legend Alex Ovechkin are amongst a number of Russian sports activities personalities who’ve urged their nation to train restraint and stop the warfare on Ukraine, TOI reported.
Here’s how they’ve reacted:
Daniil Medvedev (Tennis)
“Today I want to speak on behalf of every kid in the world. They all have dreams, their lives are just starting, so many nice experiences to come,” Medvedev wrote in his message on social media.
“That’s why I want to ask for peace in the world, for peace between countries. Kids are born with inner trust in the world, they believe so much in everything, in people, in love, in safety, in justice, in their chances in life. “Let’s be collectively and present them that is it true, as a result of each child should not cease dreaming.”
Alex Ovechkin (Ice hockey)
In Philadelphia, Russia’s Ovechkin, who is an NHL legend, said “no extra warfare” as he talked to reporters who quizzed him about his country’s decision to attack Ukraine. “Please, no more war. It doesn’t matter who is in the war – Russia, Ukraine, different countries – I think we have to live in peace and a great world.” However, known as a Putin-supporter, Ovechkin chose to not speak against Putin or denounce his decision. “Well, he is my president,” Ovechkin said. Ovechkin’s fellow ice hockey player from the country, Nikita Zadorov also supported the sentiments against war as she posted a black square accompanied with ‘no war’ written in red.
Andrey Rublev (Tennis)
World No. 7 tennis star Andrey Rublev wrote “No War Please” on the lens of a TV camera after he won the title in Dubai last week.
Fedor Smolov (Football)
Well-known Russian football player Smolov also published the black square like Nikita in an Instagram post. It was captioned ‘no war’n Russian.
Pavlyuchenkova (Tennis)
French Open 2021 finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova called for an end to violence and war in a social media post on Monday. “Personal ambitions or political motives can not justify violence,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “This takes away the future not solely from us, but additionally from our kids. Stop the violence, cease the warfare.”
Larisa Kuklina (Biathlon)
Kuklina is a twin champion at the European European biathlon. She too joined the social media campaign against war to show her concern. Along with her image, she posted an image of a split heart that showed colours of the Russian and Ukrainian flags. It was captioned: “What’s going on!? Pull up! We live in the 21st century!”

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