Andy Murray has praised sports stars, including three-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka and Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford, for using their platforms to speak out against social injustices

On the way to winning the US Open this year, Osaka loudly supported the protests against Black Lives Matter when she wore seven different masks with the names of a shooting victim in the US during her title win

Before the tournament, she also retired from the Western & Southern Open semifinals after shooting Jacob Blake in Wisconson

Meanwhile, Manchester United star Rashford used social media to persuade the UK government to extend their free meals program for children during school holidays

In his BBC Sports column, Murray wrote, “It’s great to see people get excited about something You get to know another side of their personality ”

He continued, “Some athletes have huge platforms and can help raise awareness of a problem This is an important first step before any changes can be made

“In tennis we saw Naomi Osaka decide that she won’t play in her Western and Southern Open semi-finals in August

“As an individual athlete, you have the option to make this decision not to play yourself. Naomi obviously felt very strong about what happened

“It was great to see them and other athletes play an important role and speak out

“We also saw this with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, whom I spoke to during the UK’s first suspension earlier this year

“Back then, when everyone was taking quizzes, we took part in a fun challenge where we asked each other questions about our respective sports. We also talked about his campaign for free coupons for school meals

“Marcus is a really nice guy and it’s so great that he was able to use his voice to make change

“He’s been through it himself and is very passionate about it. You have raised millions for families of lower-income school children – and that’s amazing

“Although athletes like Marcus and Naomi get the praise they deserve, you still see some people replying to their social media posts telling them to” keep doing the sport “

“Not everyone will agree with what you say, but it shouldn’t stop anyone from having a voice as long as it doesn’t harm anyone or cause pain””

Marcus Rashford

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