"Kostiuk? If she hates me, fine": Belarus' No. 1 is happy not to shake hands with Ukrainian women

Alexander ChekanovSport
Sobolenko speaks out about the war

The winner of the Australian Open 2023, Arina Sobolenko, has made another cynical statement about the war in Ukraine and her relationship with tennis players from our country. The fan of dictator Alexander Lukashenko once again noted that she could not influence Russia's aggression in any way.

Sobolenko said this at a press conference before her match with Marta Kostiuk at the start of Roland Garros 2023, the Ukrainian Tennis website reports. The world number two repeated the Kremlin's propaganda narratives about the politicisation of sport and added that she had nothing against our athletes' refusal to shake hands with her.


"Yes, it's true, if I could have stopped her, I would have. As for the handshakes, I understand them in principle. I imagine that if they shake hands with Russian and Belarusian women, they will receive a lot of messages from their countries. At the same time, in my opinion, sport should not be in politics. I mean, we are just athletes. If they feel good that there is no handshake, I am happy with that. Kostiuk? If she hates me, fine, I can't do anything about it. There will be people who love me, there will be people who hate me. If she hates me, I don't feel anything like that towards her," Sobolenko said.


Earlier, the Belarusian tennis player complained of hatred from Ukrainians after she was endorsed by Lukashenka. In addition, Sobolenko stated that she "did nothing to Ukrainians".

As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Arina Sobolenko, who signed a letter in support of the Lukashenka regime in 2020, spoke cynically about the war in Ukraine.

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