Malaysia refuses entry visas to Israeli squash players

Malaysia has refused to grant entry visas to Israeli athletes to participate in a squash tournament next December, according to what was announced by the International Federation of the game, which angered Israel.

And Malaysia, located in Southeast Asia, has previously prevented Israeli athletes from entering it. It does not have diplomatic relations with Israel.

The World Men’s Team Championship is scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur from December 7 to 12, with the participation of 26 teams.

Malaysia refused

The International Squash Federation said, “The Malaysian authorities informed him that the Malaysian authorities have not accepted – so far – to grant an entry visa to the Israeli squash team.”

And he added – in a statement sent to the agency “AFP” (AFP) – “The International Federation is committed to an open and inclusive world championship, in which it welcomes all affiliated federations wishing to participate.”

He said he was in contact with the Malaysian Squash Federation, hoping for a “fair and workable solution”.

Israel waves a complaint to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

The Israeli Football Association said that it intends to resort to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, in the event that the International Federation does not reach a solution.

“It is a pity that they mix sports with politics,” its president, Aviv Bushinsky, told AFP.

“Those who close their eyes (participating countries that allow something similar to happen) allow racism and discrimination to appear in the world of sports,” he added.

The Malaysian Racquet Federation, which oversees the sport of squash, declined to comment on the case.

At the beginning of the year, the tournament was moved to Malaysia from New Zealand due to travel restrictions due to the repercussions of the Corona virus.

In 2019, Malaysia was deprived of organizing the World Para Swimming Championships, for threatening to refuse to grant entry visas to Israeli athletes.

In 2015, Israeli windsurfers were forced to withdraw from a tournament on the island of Langkawi because they were refused entry visas.

The Palestinian cause enjoys wide support in Malaysia, where Malay Muslims make up about 60% of the population and it is forbidden to enter the country with an Israeli passport.

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