Olympic Swimming: IPC optimistic Israeli athletes will receive visas for World Para Swimming

Nisim Sasportas, claimed they had yet to receive assurances the country’s athletes would be able to compete. Olympic fans from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Swimming fans can book Olympic Swimming Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.

Malaysia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, with the country having a pro-Palestine stance. This was reflected recently when Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohammad criticized Australia for recognizing West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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The Israel Paralympic Committee has apparently spent two months attempting to receive statements their swimmers would be able to contest at the World Para Swimming. We have letters of support from the International Paralympics Committee, the European Paralympics Committee, and the Olympic Athletes Committee, and hope that they allow the athletes and their security entourage to contribute.

The IPC said they are working with organizers and the relevant Governments to help ensure athletes will be able to attend. The IPC is working closely with NPC Malaysia, the Local Organizing Committee and the pertinent national and state Governments to find a solution to this issue.

The World Championships should be open to all qualified competing nations of the world and we are hopeful that Israeli Para-swimmers will be allowed to compete in Kuching by securing the relevant visas. Around 600 swimmers from 70 countries are expected to compete at the event, which is part of the Tokyo Olympic Paralympics qualification process.

It was also claimed they had been told they could not compete under their country’s flag and would not be able to display any Israeli symbol or logo on their surfboards or clothes. The country’s athletes have also been barred from events in mainly Islamic countries with which they have no relations.

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This was most prominent at the International Judo Federation’s (IJF) Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in 2017, when the Israeli national anthem and flag were banned amid a gold medal for their athlete Tal Flicker. The IJF postponed the event along with the Tunis Grand Prix but last year’s competition in the UAE city was restored after assurances were received and Israel competed on equal terms.

The International Olympic Committee announced in November that they had written to all International Federations to reiterate its position on the political against countries at sporting events. Kosovo was unable to attend the latter occasion at all because their sole fighter Donjeta Sadiku was rejected a visa to compete in New Delhi by Indian authorities.

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