Malaysia has refused to let Israeli squash players compete in a major event

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Muslim-majority According to the sport’s governing body, Malaysia refuses to provide visas to Israeli players who wish to compete in a major squash tournament next month, creating fury in Israel. The Southeast Asian country’s latest attempt to bar athletes from entering Israel, even though it has no official relations with the Jewish state. From December 7 to 12, the World Team Championship for Men will be placed in Kuala Lumpur, with 26 teams competing. “We have been told that the Malaysian authorities have refused to provide visas for the Israel squash team at this time,” the World Squash Federation (WSF) announced.
In a statement to Agence France-Presse, the World Sailing Federation stated, “The World Sailing Federation is committed to the principle of open and inclusive world championships, in which all member states are invited to compete”
The World Squash Federation says it is in contact with Malaysia’s squash governing body and aims to establish a “fair and equitable solution.”
If the WSF cannot resolve the dispute, the Israel Squash Association wants to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.
“It’s a pity they’re mixing sports with politics,” Aviv Bushinsky, the association’s head, told AFP.
“Those who close their eyes – all the countries who participate and allow anything like that to happen – they are allowing racism and prejudice in sports to take place.” Malaysia’s squash governing body, the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia, declined to comment. Because of coronavirus-related travel restrictions, the competition was transferred from New Zealand to Malaysia earlier this year.

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