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Russia’s tennis player Alexandrova eager to represent country at 2024 Paris Games

"It would definitely be great to play at the Olympics because you only get that kind of opportunity once every four years," Yekaterina Alexandrova said

MOSCOW, April 1. /TASS/. Russian tennis player Yekaterina Alexandrova would love to represent her country at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris this summer, the athlete told Russia’s Sport-Express daily on Monday.

"It would definitely be great to play at the Olympics because you only get that kind of opportunity once every four years," she said. "It's a completely different atmosphere from what we’re used to."

"It will be great if I get there [the Olympics]," she continued. "But if it doesn’t happen, I will focus on other tournaments."

Alexandrova, 29, is currently ranked 15th in the WTA Rankings and has four WTA tournament titles under her belt. Her best career finish in Grand Slams was in 2023, when she reached the fourth round of Wimbledon. She is also the winner of the 2021 Billie Jean King Cup.

The 2024 Summer Olympic Games will be hosted by the French capital of Paris between July 26 and August 11.

IOC’s regulations against Russia

The International Olympic Committee Executive Board convened for a meeting at the Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 19-20 and following the opening day it decided to bar athletes from Russia and Belarus from taking part in the Parade of Athletes and also exclude them from the 2024 Olympics overall medal standings.

The IOC, however, ruled that Russian athletes, cleared to participate in the upcoming Olympics, would not have to sign anything denouncing their country’s special military operation in Ukraine.

On October 12, 2023, the IOC suspended the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) until further notice after the Russian organization included the Olympic councils of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), the Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions as its members.

The Swiss-based CAS registered on November 6, 2023 an appeal from the ROC against the IOC’s decision on the Russian governing Olympic body’s suspension.

The suspension means that the ROC cannot act as a national Olympic committee or receive financing from the Olympic movement. The IOC however reserved the right to clear Russian athletes to take part in the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 as neutrals. Later, IOC President Thomas Bach said that Russian athletes should have no affiliation with the ROC if they want to compete at the Olympic Games.