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The Azerbaijan Tennis Federation demanded that Khachanov be punished

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Moscow, January 22 – The Azerbaijan Tennis Federation (ATF) sent a protest to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) demanding that Russian Karen Khachanov be sanctioned and described the tennis player’s statement in support of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) at the Australian Open as a provocation.
Earlier, Khachanov, of Armenian descent, after his victory in the fourth round over the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka (6: 0, 6: 0, 7: 6 (7: 4)) left an inscription on the TV camera screen: “Keep your faith until the end .. Artsakh .. wait! Having reached the fourth round of the Australian Open, the Russian also left the message “Artsakh, wait!” on the camcorder.
The Federation condemned the incident and considered the actions of the Russian forces an “unacceptable provocation directed against Azerbaijan.” The national federation sent a formal protest to the ITF, which provided “factual and legal documents”.
After that, the President of the Russian Tennis Federation, Oktay Asadov, also turned to the President of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpishchev, with a demand for “extreme measures” against Khachanov. According to the ATF, Tarpishchev said he was “very concerned about this incident” and “certain measures” would be taken in the near future.

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Khachanov is 26 years old. He is the silver medalist of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in singles, the 20th racket of the world, the winner of four ATP tournaments and the owner of the Davis Cup in 2021 as part of the Russian team.
At the end of September 2020, hostilities resumed in Nagorno-Karabakh, which became a continuation of a protracted conflict and led to civilian casualties. Both sides made several attempts to reach an armistice, but the tripartite agreement reached on the night of November 10 was successful. With Moscow’s mediation, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to a complete ceasefire and the exchange of prisoners and the bodies of the dead. Yerevan also handed over to Baku the Kelbjar and Lachin regions, as well as part of the Agdam region, which since 1994 has been under the control of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. In addition, Russian peacekeepers have been deployed to the region.

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