VIDEO: Malaysian prime minister on the hot seat at Oxford Union, over Israeli paralympic ban
“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.
“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.
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!!!”
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