Ex-commentator of the TV channel “Belarus 5” Yaroslav Pisarenko spoke about the secret relationship of now the second racket of the world Arina Sobolenko with the Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, which began in 2018.
The journalist said that the tennis player herself asked for a meeting with Lukashenka, having problems with an agent who simply enslaved her financially.
“Sobolenko made one mistake, which is generally characteristic of young athletes – she simply contacted the wrong people. Prior to her takeoff in 2018, she signed a contract with a certain Russian agent whose name I could not find out. They say that even in the tennis federation this is a semi-forbidden topic, even in personal conversations.
Under the terms, she was paid all the costs, but the prize money went to that same agent. I don’t know the exact figures, but they say that Sobolenko received the minimum percentage of prize money for her victories. In fact, she faced the prospect that during her best sports years she would earn practically nothing, and she could not resolve this issue in the legal field.
She decided to use the connection to resolve the issue with her contract. And at a meeting, somewhere behind closed doors, Sobolenko outlined all her problems to Lukashenka. Again, it was impossible to resolve the situation in the legal field, but other levers of influence were found. And here Sobolenko got rid of her shackles, but acquired others,” Pisarenko said in his ChestnoK YouTube channel.
Recall that during the current Roland Garros, Sobolenko said that now she does not support the dictatorial regime of Lukashenko, who helps the Russian Federation during the war with Ukraine.