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Malaysia refuses to allow Israelis at world squash event

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27/11/2021 8:32:00 PM

Malaysia refuses to allow Israelis at world squash event

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 — Muslim-majority Malaysia is refusing to grant visas for Israeli players to participate in a major squash tournament next month, the sport’s governing body says, sparking anger in the Jewish state.  It is the latest instance of the South-east Asian nation, which has...

channel for the latest updates.KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 — Muslim-majority Malaysia is refusing to grant visas for Israeli players to participate in a major squash tournament next month, the sport’s governing body says, sparking anger in the Jewish state. 

It is the latest instance of the South-east Asian nation, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel, attempting to bar athletes from the country. The World Team Championship for men is due to take place in Kuala Lumpur from December 7-12, with 26 squads participating.

But the World Squash Federation (WSF) said it had “been made aware that, at present, the Malaysian authorities have not accepted yet to provide visas for the Israel squash team”.“The WSF is committed to the principle of open and inclusive world championships in which all member nations who wish to participate are welcome to do so,” the governing body said in a statement to AFP.

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The WSF added it is in contact with Malaysia’s squash body and hoped that “a fair and practical solution can be achieved”.The Israel Squash Association said it plans to turn to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland if the WSF can’t resolve the issue.

“It’s a shame that they are mixing sports with politics,” association chairman Aviv Bushinsky told AFP.“Those who close their eyes — all the countries that participate and let something like that happen — they allow racism and discrimination to take place in sports.”

The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia, the country’s squash organisation, declined to comment.The tournament was earlier this year moved to Malaysia from New Zealand because of coronavirus-related travel restrictions.In 2019, Malaysia was stripped of the right to host the World Para Swimming Championships for threatening to refuse Israeli athletes. 

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And in 2015, Israeli windsurfers had to pull out of a competition on the island of Langkawi after being refused visas.The Palestinian cause enjoys widespread support in Malaysia, where about 60 per cent of the populaton are ethnic Malay Muslims, and entry into the country on an Israeli passport is forbidden. — AFP

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The whole world knows that Malaysia is anti Israel, then why allow it to conduct world squash event? Malaysia is isolating itself from the international arena, let it be !!! WELL DONE Najib walking the streets like a free man after conviction. ✅ Israeli athletes play sport. ⛔ F$ing stupid logic. MALAYSIA SYSTEM = ISRAEL SYSTEM

SharaadKuttan wrong decision that will continue to hurt malaysia Bagusssd.. !!!! SauravGhosal Congrates for winning the cup for India. Let the world be busy with 'TO BE OR NOT TO BE' World do not belong to us. ITS SPORTS Stupidity at it's best that's what happens if u mix sports and politics Israel practising apartheid against Palestinians so this is fair to them. IsraelKoyak

When politics blind the spirit of sportsmanship and competitions. One day it will be barring people from competing based on religion and race.

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🙈 When politics is mixed with sports ....very sad. That was how our best football team ever never got to play in the Olympics ....the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Earning trust and gaining friendship is how we can help others see our point of view. Sport is a good way to gain friendship and influence them to see the hardship they brought onto others. Win them over not with hatred but with kindness and respect.

Childish ! Dasar Luar Negara harus dikaji semula.. Perubahan mengikut peredaran masa.. This is necessary. Not welcomed but necessary Well done 👏 Gunapakai satellite mereka. System mereka. Acah acah serambi mekah pulak dah malaysia pun. Sama je Kita munafik. Guna system iblis lagi nak sembang Nik Aziz pulak. Phhuuuiiihhh

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Israel is illegal state and it's not recognized. That's why we don't allow them to participate because they can't. If we allow them to participate, we also must allow terrorists, psychopaths, murderers to participate because they are in the same group of people. Religion shouldn’t interfere with sport

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