Squash championship canceled after Malaysia bans Israeli team

Kuala Lumpur (QNN)- The Men’s World Team Squash Championship was canceled, after the host country, Malaysia, would not permit the Israeli team to enter the country.

It is the latest instance of Muslim-majority Malaysia, which has no diplomatic relations with the occupation state, barring Israeli athletes.

“The WSF [World Squash Federation] believes in an open and inclusive Men’s World Team Squash Championships and the possibility that some nations would be unable to compete due to the lack of confirmation over the issuing of visas and travel authorizations by the National Authorities has led SRAM [Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia] to inform the WSF of the decision to cancel,” the WSF said in a statement on Monday.

In addition, the WSF and SRAM were concerned about the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The championship, set for December 7, had previously been moved from New Zealand due to pandemic-related restrictions.

The Malaysian passports bear the inscription “This passport is valid for all countries except Israel.”

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