NewsNews9 February 2023

Ukrainian tennis player, UNITED24 ambassador Elina Svitolina visited the studio of the 1+1 TV channel for the first time

"If Russian and Belarusian athletes represent themselves under a neutral flag at the 2024 Olympics, it will be a very bad message for the whole world," - Elina Svitolina in the Yedyni Novyni marathon

Ukrainian tennis player, ambassador of the UNITED24 charitable initiative, Elina Svitolina, visited the studio of the 1+1 TV channel for the first time as part of the national marathon "Single News".

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The world-famous tennis star told how she perceives the ambiguous position of the International Olympic Committee regarding the possible participation of Russians and Belarusians in the 2024 Olympics and how international athletes react to her statements.

"Unfortunately, nothing was done in tennis. Russians and Belarusians continue to act under a neutral flag. We did everything that depended on us, but we are not heard. It will be very bad if Russian and Belarusian athletes represent themselves under a neutral flag. This will be a very bad message for the whole world ," said Elina Svitolina.

In addition, the third racket of the world in the WTA ranking of different years, the bronze medalist of the Olympic Games in Tokyo emphasized that since the beginning of the full-scale war, there has been no support from Russian and Belarusian athletes, and the tennis associations themselves note that they want all athletes to be on equal footing

"They told us: "We are for peace. We want everyone to have equal rights." However, Ukrainians are not on equal terms with Russians and Belarusians. Many athletes will not perform, because they died defending our country," Elina added.

Also, the Ukrainian tennis player, who visited Buchi and Irpen destroyed by the Russians on the eve of the broadcast, showing the consequences of the occupation on her Instagram page, told whether she managed to get to her native Odessa and see her loved ones. Sports pride also shared plans to fight on the sports front.

"Yes, I was in Odessa. I managed to see my grandmother. She was very, very happy to see me too...I will try to do everything that depends on me and defend the front from my side, like tennis players."

The broadcast of the national marathon is available for viewing on the YouTube channel at this link .

We will remind that in June, the 1+1 media group together with Andriy Shevchenko, the best football player in Europe in 2004, the head coach of the national team of Ukraine (2016-2021), a legendary athlete who is known all over the world and a hero of Ukraine, launched the project "Sports front". This is a large-scale communication campaign, as well as a series of initiatives, videos and actions designed to draw the attention of the international sports community to the war in Ukraine. There are already nine videos in the network, in which he himself became the hero Andriy Shevchenko , world judo champion George Zantaraya , bronze medalist of the Olympic Games Hanna Rizatdinova , bronze medalist of the Olympic Games Stanislav Horuna , the legendary goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskyi , Olympic champion and silver medalist of the 2016 Olympic Games Oleg Verniaev , Olympic champion Olga Kharlan , Olympic champion Zhan Beleniuk , the absolute Olympic champion of the 1996 Olympic Games, Lilia Podkopaeva .

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