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    03 June 2023

    Kosovo’s Olympic Committee Demands Sanctions Against Novak Djokovic

    Kosovan Olympic Committee calls for disciplinary action against Novak Djokovic

    The Kosovan Olympic Committee (KOC) has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Tennis Federation (ITF) to take action against Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic for his recent political message at the French Open.

    Political controversy rocks French Open

    Djokovic left a controversial message on a TV camera lens, calling for an end to violence in Kosovo and declaring “Kosovo is the heart of Serbia”. His comments have been criticized by KOC President Ismet Krasniqi, who claims that it violates IOC rules regarding political neutrality.

    KOC alleges breach of IOC rules

    In a letter addressed to the IOC, Krasniqi stated that Djokovic’s actions “breached fundamental principles” of international sports organizations. The KOC accused him of promoting Serbian nationalism and creating further tensions between Serbia and Kosovo.

    Tensions rising in Kosovo

    Tensions between ethnic Albanians and Serbs living in northern Kosovo reached boiling point recently after ethnically Albanian mayors took office following April elections boycotted by Serbs. This led to violent clashes with protestors.

    Djokovic defends his actions

    Djokovic responded publicly defending his actions saying he felt he had a responsibility as a public figure from Serbia to show support during these kinds of situations regardless of which field he represented. He noted that his father was born in Kosovo, which adds even more significance to this issue since it concerns both him personally as well as professionally. Furthermore, Djokovic added that nobody knows what will happen next with regards to political tension between these two countries but demonstrating unity is crucial at this time.

    KOC calls for disciplinary action

    Despite Djokovic’s defense of his actions, the KOC has called on both the IOC and ITF to take disciplinary action against him. Failure to do so would set a dangerous precedent that sport can be used as a platform for political messages.


    The controversy surrounding Novak Djokovic’s message during French Open continues amid rising tensions between Serbia and Kosovo. While he defends it as necessary support for his people, international sports organizations like the KOC claim that such statements violate fundamental principles of political neutrality in sports. Only time will tell what kind of consequences might arise from this incident or if any further disciplinary measures will be taken by the authorities involved.

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