Is Wimbledon Correct To Ban Russian And Belarusian Athletes?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More and more players are criticizing Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing this year. 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic is now coming out to call the move “crazy.” The Serbian player was 11 when war broke out in his home town of Belgrade. Djokovic says he knows the emotional trauma war leaves, but when politics interferes with sport, the result is “not good.”

Ukrainian player’s are also chiming in on the move. Elina Svitolina says its right to ban players. And says, if they were to play, they should be questioned on the war first. She says, “There should be few questions posed to Russian and Belarusian players. Do they support the Russian and Belarusian invasion to Ukraine? Do they support their military activities that are happening in Ukraine? I think it is very important to know those answers. And then we would know that there are no bad people among us.”

Wimbledon announced the ban Wednesday. They say given the circumstances, it would be “unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any benefits from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian players with the championships.”

Our question of the night: should Russian and Belarusian players be banned from Wimbledon?

This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB Sports anchor Zach Aldridge
WCCB News Edge contributor and host of Live With The QCB on 94.7FM, Tremaine “QCB” Sloan