Tennis star Naomi Osaka has joined athletes to protest against racial injustice as she refused to play in Western and Southern Open semi-final.
A black man named Jacob Blake who was unarmed was shot by the police on Sunday in Wisconsin. Furthermore, he was shot seven times in the back.
Various sporting events have been delayed as athletes started to protest against racial injustice. Three NBA play-off games five MLS games and three baseball matches have been postponed.
Naomi who was due to play in four but she refused to play and said: “Before I am an athlete, I am a black woman.”
She released a statement and said she would not be playing in the Western & Southern semi-final. Following her decision, the announcement came that the tournament would be halted on Thursday.
Blake was shot in front of three of his young kids. He is currently recovering in the hospital. But his lawyer disclosed that if he survived it will be a miracle.
Blake who is 29-years has six children. Osaka took a stand against racial injustice and said that currently there are various matters at hand that need immediate actions. Those matters are more important than tennis.
In her statement, she wrote: “Watching the continued genocide of Black people at the hand of the police is honestly making me sick to my stomach.”
Naomi Osaka said that she is exhausted to see the new hashtag pop up every few days. Furthermore, she said she is tired of having the same conversation over and over again.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) August 27, 2020