ITF President denies words on recognizing Crimea part of Russia

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ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti refutes the quotes attributed to him by TASS. It’s indicated in Ricci Bitti’s statement, published on the ITF official website.

The statement from ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti regarding the Crimea quotes: “I refute the quotes attributed to me by ITAR-TASS news agency on Wednesday. Tennis is an individual sport and a Crimean player is free to represent any country for which he or she holds a passport. ITF team competitions have additional eligibility rules clearly laid out in the regulations. I believe that sport cannot disregard the political environment but should not be used for political purposes.”

On Wednesday, April 22, TASS published Ricci Bitti’s words, alleging that [quote]: “The Crimea is part of Russia. I see no problems with Crimean tennis players competing for the Russian Federation and representing this country in international tournaments.”

Text by TUT.BY

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