No Australian day at the Australian Open

No Australian day at the Australian Open

Australian Open organizers will celebrate the women’s game, not Australia Day, on Thursday, joining a growing number of organizations seeking to avoid disputes over National Day.

After the Victorian government ended its Australia Day parade and amid growing backlash from athletes over the Jan. 26 celebration, Australian Open officials won’t officially acknowledge the day.

It comes after Australian cricket star Ash Gardner declared his opposition to the scheduling of a T20 by Cricket Australia on January 26, a day which he said marked the start of “genocide, killing and dispossession”.

Cricket Australia has also stopped referring to Australia Day in all promotions for games on January 26.

Australia’s national anthem will be played ahead of the evening session at Melbourne Park, but there will be no reference to Australia Day or ceremonies to mark the occasion due to ‘different views’ on the Australia Day celebration. the National Day.

“We are aware that there are different points of view, and at the Australian Open we are inclusive and respectful of all,” Tennis Australia said in a statement.

“We recognize the historic significance and deep spiritual connection our First Peoples have with this land, and acknowledge this with a Welcome to Country on the stadium screens ahead of the day and night sessions each day.”

There was a First Nations Day at the Australian Open last week and there will also be a Pride Day at the tournament, but nothing for Australia Day.

Acting Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan said last week that Australia Day was a difficult day for First Nations people and needed appropriate action, including that taken by the Australian Open.

“Celebrations are happening all over the state and are being held by different communities in different ways,” she said.

“It’s fitting that Australia Day events recognize that for some, especially our First Nations people, this can be a really challenging and challenging day.”

In his tough stance against the Australia Day celebration, Gardner, who will play Pakistan in a T20 in Hobart, said it should be a day of reflection instead.

“Unfortunately this year the Australian women’s cricket team are scheduled to play a match on January 26 which is certainly not good enough for me as an individual but also for everyone I represent,” she said. writing.

“When I take the field for this game, I will definitely reflect and think of all my ancestors and peoples lives that have changed since that day.”

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