Tennis Australia officials expressed deep “regret” Tuesday about the saga surrounding Novak Djokovic’s entry and ultimate deportation from the country. The world champion tennis player was escorted from Melbourne – alongside an Australian Federal Police (AFP) guard – after losing an almost two-week legal battle and has returned to his native Serbia to a hero’s welcome . Tennis Australia did not mention Djokovic by name but in a statement released on the 18th of January 2022 branded the ordeal “a significant distraction for everyone” and that they “deeply regret the impact this had on all players”. The governing body for tennis in Australia has admitted they still have “lessons to learn” and has promised to “review” their planning procedure for future competitions. However, Tennis Australia also stated they “respect the decision of the Immigration Minister” and the “finding of the Federal Court of Australia” in regards to the decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa. … [Read more...] about Tennis Australia ‘Deeply Regrets’ Novak Djokovic Deportation Drama
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Ukrainian servicemen walk past a minefield warning sign on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near Luganske in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. Photo: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images Over the past few months, Russia has amassed tens of thousands of soldiers, along with tanks, artillery and other materiel near its border with Ukraine in what U.S. intelligence (and much of the world) has interpreted as a buildup in preparation for an invasion. At the same time, online propaganda and disinformation activity has increased , as have cyberattacks on Ukrainian targets, including one that took down several government websites on Friday. It is no coincidence that these ominous activities look strikingly similar to the leadup to Russia’s 2014 invasion of its weaker neighbor, in which it annexed Crimea and launched the still-ongoing insurgency by Moscow-backed separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. Indeed, if Russia does send troops into Ukraine in the … [Read more...] about Is Another Russian Invasion of Ukraine Inevitable?
Basketball legend Yao Ming made a media appearance on Monday to promote the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in which he invited anti-communist player Enes Kanter Freedom to visit China and defended the country’s treatment of tennis champion Peng Shuai. Yao is arguably the most popular and successful Chinese player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history, whose record with the Houston Rockets was largely responsible for popularizing the sport in China. He currently serves as the head of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), the country’s equivalent league, and often engages in operations to promote the Communist Party’s agenda. Yao attended an event on Monday held by the “China Public Diplomacy Association,” according to the government-run propaganda newspaper Global Times . At the event, Yao expressed excitement for the Winter Olympics and rejected calls for boycotting the event on the grounds that China is currently engaging in genocide . “Basketball star Yao … [Read more...] about China Trots Out Yao Ming to Counter Enes Kanter Freedom, Downplay Peng Shuai Scandal