Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Just Because She's Israeli!

Nu? I haven't heard any shouts of outrage. Have you?

If Israel had refused a visa to some Arab athlete, academic et al, we'd be roundly and totally condemned by the world's human rights activists. But when an Israeli is denied a visa.... eh! Whispers.
Larry Scott said barring entry to Pe'er could have ramifications beyond tennis because it threatens the principle that sports and politics should not mix.
Speaking in a telephone interview, he said the WTA will consider "what types of sanctions are going to be deemed to be appropriate in light of what has happened, including whether or not the tournament has a slot on the calendar next year."

The chances are that next year Shachar Pe'er will be urged not to apply to the tennis tournament, because WTA doesn't want trouble with UAE, Dubai.

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