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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Sunday stripped Malaysia of the right to host the 2019 world para swimming championships after the Muslim-majority country banned Israeli athletes from entry.
“All World Championships must be open to all eligible athletes and nations to compete safely and free from discrimination,” IPC president Andrew Parsons announced in a statement.
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“When a host country excludes athletes from a particular nation, for political reasons, then we have absolutely no alternative but to look for a new Championships host… Politics and sport are never a good mix and we are disappointed that Israeli athletes would not have been allowed to compete in Malaysia.”
The move comes after Malaysia’s announcement last week that it would ban Israeli swimmers from joining a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics set down for the city of Kuching in the eastern Sarawak state. The meeting from July 29 to August 4 is a prelude to the next Olympic competition.
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The decision received an immediate reaction in Israel, with Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon tweeting that “this is a victory of values over hatred and bigotry, a strong statement in favor of freedom and equality. Thank you @Paralympics for your brave decision!!!”
The International Olympic Commission (IOC) had previously called on the IPC to act, reminding it that “the allocation of international sports events to a country must include the necessary guarantees to ensure equal treatment for the participating athletes and sporting delegations, without any form of discrimination or political interference from the host country.”
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The American Jewish Committee also added its voice of protest against Malaysia, launching a petition last Thursday which garnered thousands of signatures within 12 hours condemning Malaysia, with additional signatories lending their names to the call every hour since.
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