A Russian-born tennis player will be competing at Wimbledon this month despite its ban on Russian players after changing her nationality to represent Georgia.
In an email to The Epoch Times, a spokesperson for the All England Club, which hosts the prestigious grass courts tournament, said, "Player nationality, defined as the flag they play under at professional events, is an agreed process that is governed by the Tours and the ITF [International Tennis Federation]."
According to The Times of London, the club said it wasn't involved in Dzalamidze’s nationality switch. The publication said the verification process was conducted through the Women’s Tennis Association and the ITF and would have required a valid Georgian passport.
The Wimbledon tennis championship is due to be held between June 27 and July 10.
Chairman Ian Hewitt said at the time that the club had considered alternative measures, but decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players because of "the high profile environment of The Championships, the importance of not allowing sport to be used to promote the Russian regime, and our broader concerns for public and player (including family) safety."
As a result, Russian player Daniil Medvedev, ranked number one in the world in the men's singles, will be missing from the grass courts.