Unique: Ukraine pulls out of the Ladies’s World Group Championship after Egypt help for pretend Russian “referendum”

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By ALAN THATCHER (Squash Mad Editor)

Ukraine won’t be sending a squad to compete within the Ladies’s World Group Championship in Egypt in December following the most recent political turmoil brought on by Russia’s unlawful invasion of the nation.

In a staged announcement, orchestrated by the Kremlin, a consultant of the Egyptian authorities appeared to help a pretend “referendum” organised together with Vladimir Putin’s murderous annexation of Ukraine territories.

The aim of the stunt was to indicate that populations of the invaded territories wished to proceed underneath Russian rule.

Alongside a menace to make use of nuclear weapons, it’s a determined try by Putin to avoid wasting face as Ukraine troops, supported by the West, are forcing Russian invaders to retreat in lots of elements of the nation.

The stance by Egypt has angered the Ukraine squash group they usually not want to go to Egypt to compete within the ladies’s staff occasion.

Alena Ohonesian, vp of Ukraine Squash, informed me immediately: “Within the present state of affairs in our nation, I’ve to tell you that our staff won’t participate within the World Championship.

“Final week, the aggressor held a referendum on the annexation of our territories, and sadly there have been representatives from Egypt at this pseudo referendum, who confirmed that (of their eyes) the referendum was honest.

“Due to this fact, we have been pressured to make the choice to cancel the journey. And now we proceed to actively put together our groups for the European Championships in 2023.”

A number of fund-raising initiatives have been launched in squash to help the rebuilding of Ukraine Squash, together with occasions going down through the forthcoming World Squash Day on October 15.

In the course of the early days of Russia’s invasion, a number of squash golf equipment in Kyiv have been broken by Russian shells.

Nonetheless, gamers have returned to courts in Kyiv now that Ukrainian forces are regaining management of enormous elements of the nation.

One occasion within the planning levels is the Pakistan-Ukraine Friendship Cup, involving skilled gamers from internationally.

In a Fb posted linked to the occasion, Alena mentioned: “We are going to rebuild, we are going to restore! Ukraine will bloom! And we are going to plan new initiatives and maintain many extra mega cool tournaments with world-class gamers.”

Replace: As quickly as this text was printed, there have been calls on social media for different nations to boycott the Ladies’s World Group Championship in Cairo.

Image courtesy of Ukraine Squash 

 

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