In an open letter to the National Hockey League (NHL), the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), renowned hockey player Dominik Hasek called for all Russian athletes to be suspended from international sports events.
“I have written the attached open letter to draw global attention to how some sporting competitions in the world are contributing to the war and unrest in Europe, which is claiming hundreds, even thousands, of lives every day,” Hasek said in a Twitter post.
“It’s in an effort to save these lives and speed up the end of the war in Ukraine; Russian athletes should not participate in international competitive sport at this time – for the reasons (described in the) attached (letter).”
Hasek also accused Russia of illegally annexing Ukrainian territories and destroying civilian infrastructure.
Dominik also spoke about the brutal crimes of Russian troops and the kidnappings of Ukrainian children, calling it all “a genocide.” He expressed confidence that after the withdrawal of invading troops from the territory of Ukraine, Russia has to be held accountable for its crimes.
Hasek noted that international sports organizations which didn’t ban Russian athletes from their competitions are also partially responsible for enabling Russian aggression.
Dominik Hasek is a Czech former hockey player, most famously known for being the goaltender of NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, and is widely regarded as one of the best goaltenders of all time.