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A ban that arouses anger. Malaysia refuses to grant visas to Israeli players for participating in the world championship of teams in its territory next month, said the world federation of the discipline.
The predominantly Muslim Southeast Asian country, which does not maintain diplomatic relations with Israel, has already made several attempts to prevent Israeli athletes from entering its territory.
The World Squash Federation (WSF) reported “being informed that the Malaysian authorities, so far, have not yet agreed to provide visas to the Israeli squash team”. She “undertakes to respect the principle of open and inclusive championships in which all members of the nations who want to participate are welcome”the sports organization said in a press release to AFP.
The World Squash Federation is in contact with its Malaysian counterpart and hopes “that a just and practical solution can be found”. The one from Israel said he would go to the Swiss Court of Arbitration for Sport if the world federation did not offer a solution.
“It is a pity that they mix sport and politics”Aviv Bushinsky, its president, told AFP. The Malaysian federation declined to comment. The competition had moved from New Zealand to Malaysia earlier this year due to travel restrictions related to the pandemic.
In 2019, Malaysia was stripped of its right to host the World Swimming Championships for the Disabled after threatening to ban Israeli athletes from participating. In 2015, it was Israeli windsurfers who had to withdraw from a competition on the island of Langkawi due to lack of visas. The Palestinian cause has strong support in Malaysia, where 60% of the population is Muslim and Israeli passport holders are unable to enter the country.
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