International Tennis Federation recognized Crimea part of Russia

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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) recognized the Crimea part of Russia. This was stated by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti, reports TASS.

“The Crimea is part of Russia,” he said.

Ricci Bitti also stressed that he saw no problems with Crimean tennis players competing for the Russian Federation and representing this country in international tournaments.

The ITF is the largest control structure of the tennis world; it brings together 205 national federations and represents tennis in the International Olympic Committee. The Federation was founded by 13 countries, including Russia; in 1913 it was named ILTF, later the name was shortened. Under the auspices of the ITF are held such tournaments as Fed Cup, Davis Cup, Hopman Cup, annual series of male and female competitions.

Earlier the World Boxing Association (WBA) recognized the Crimea part of the Russian territory. The organization reported that the battle between Russian Dmitry Chudinov and Frenchman Mehdi Buadla, which had taken place on August 9, 2014, in Sevastopol, was held in Russia, not in Ukraine.

At the same time, many prestigious sports organizations have not yet recognized the Crimea part of Russia. Among them are major governing bodies of football - UEFA and FIFA. The UEFA develops the Crimean football on their own, not allowing the Russian Football Union (FUR) to do that; and the FIFA, presenting a promo video for the 2018 World Cup, showed the Crimea as part of the Russian territory, but later removed the video from its YouTube channel.

On March 18, 2014, the Crimea held a referendum during which more than 96% of the population voted for the annexation of the Republic of Crimea to the Russian Federation. The local authorities declared the Crimea’s independence from Ukraine and asked the Kremlin to join the peninsula to the Russian Federation. Thus, two new subjects within the Russian Federation were created – the Republic of the Crimea and the Federal city of Sevastopol.

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