MOSCOW, November 21./TASS/. Svetlana Kuznetsova from the Russian Olympic tennis squad has been declared the best female tennis player of the year at the 23rd annual national tennis award ceremony. The award, Russian Cup, is given for outstanding sports contributions to tennis.
"Svetlana could not attend the ceremony, but I will personally give her the prize," the captain of the women’s tennis team, Anastasia Myskina, said. Viktoria Lvova from the Russian Paralympic team was also named the female player of the year.
The annual national tennis award ceremony, naming the best Russian tennis players of the season, takes place on Monday.
On August 7, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) decided to bar the whole Russian Paralympic team from taking part in the 2016 Summer Paralympics. The ruling came on the heels of a report delivered earlier in the summer by the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in early September that Russia would organize alternative competitive events for the barred Russian Paralympic team and the awards for Paralympians would be equal to those promised at the 2016 Rio Games.
The alternative competitions for the banned Russian Paralympians were held on September 8-9 at the sports facilities in the Moscow Region. A total of 263 athletes took part in the two-day tournament, competing in 18 sports.