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Israeli Peer refused Dubai visa - politics Vs sport

Israeli player Shahar Peer has been refused a visa to take part in the Dubai Tennis Championships. More info on:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/7891164.stm
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Re: Israeli Peer refused Dubai visa - politics Vs sport

Politics and sports shouldn't mix but they do..

US Protests China's Visa Refusal for Olympian Joey Cheek
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Re: Israeli Peer refused Dubai visa - politics Vs sport

I think this is a really sad story. Any player that has earned the right to play in the tournament through their world ranking should be allowed to participate if they so desire--their nationality should have absolutely nothing to do with it. Yes, it is a hopeless dream to think we shall ever have a complete separation of sports and politics, but it is what we should strive for. I think the ATP should take their events elsewhere outside of Dubai, at least for the next few years. This would not be a political decision, rather an endorsement of free participation for all earned by merit, which should be a universal principle within sports.

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Old 16.02.2009, 20:41
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Re: Israeli Peer refused Dubai visa - politics Vs sport

There is some more links:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SPORT/02...e.israel.peer/

I find it very unfair to discriminate on the political bases people in sport, discipline which should have nothing to do with ethnicity, origin and believes. Feel sorry for the player and her disappointment.

Colleague of mine who had some Isreali blood, was recently fired from his teaching job in one of the Arabic countries. It happened all of the sudden.
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Re: Israeli Peer refused Dubai visa - politics Vs sport

This sort of thing is not without precedent of course. South Aftrica was banned from playing cricket in most countries because of the Apartheid regime (and some say Israel is practicing Arpatheid now....including Jimmy Cater). And of course there was the 1980 Moscow Olympics and then 1984 LA Olympics which had all sorts of countries refusing to participate on political grounds.

There was even some in the US calling for boycotts of the Beijing Games this last summer. Steven Speilberg was pressured to withdraw from the Opening Ceremony organising job due to the Tibet issue.

I wonder what would have happened if their was a major sporting event in Iran, Cuba or North Korea during the Bush years?

I suppose it will always be impossible to separate sport from politics.
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