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LONDON, October 20. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will demand explanation from the President of Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) Shamil Tarpischev over his comments about American tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, British media reported.
Tarpischev called Serena Williams, the rival of Maria Sharapova in 2012 Olympic Games, “one of the Williams brothers” in a Russian television show on October. Serena Williams perceived this joke as “sexist” and “racist”. Later Tarpischev apologized for his statement.
On Saturday, it was announced that RTF President Tarpischev was dismissed from his office in Women's Tennis Association for one year and also fined $25,000 for his joke about Serena and Venus Williams.
IOC has highlighted that the decision on referral of the case to the ethic committee has not been made.
World №1 female tennis player Serena Williams has won 18 Grand Slam tournaments, while her sister Venus has won 7. Serena will defend title at WTA Finals, which starts the next Monday in Singapore.
Tarpischev is the honored coach of the USSR and Russia, member of the executive committee of the Russian Olympic Committee since 1994 and International Olympic Committee since 1996, the President of the Russian Tennis Federation, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kremlin Cup since 1996. Shamil Tarpischev was rewarded with many medals, including a Medal of Service in Tennis of the International Tennis Federation.