World Squash Event In Malaysia Axed After Israelis Barred
Umer Jamshaid Published November 30, 2021 | 08:20 AM
Kuala Lumpur, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Nov, 2021 ) :A major squash tournament in Malaysia has been cancelled, the sport's governing body said, after the Muslim-majority country sparked anger by refusing to grant visas for Israeli players.
But the World Squash Federation (WSF) and Malaysia's squash body said that it had been axed because of the "possibility that some nations would be unable to compete due to the lack of confirmation over the issuing of visas".
WSF president Zena Wooldridge said sports officials had sought to "influence the highest authorities of Malaysia to ensure the ability of all participating teams, including Israel, to enter Malaysia and compete.
"It is important to WSF that no nation who wishes to compete misses out on the event." Israel's squash association previously said that countries which participated in a tournament from which Israel was barred would be closing their eyes to "racism and discrimination".
And in 2015, Israeli windsurfers had to pull out of a competition on the island of Langkawi after being refused visas.