Report: Prince Harry has agreed to include Israeli participation in the 2022 Invictus Games, organized by the Duke of Sussex for wounded soldiers, which drew the ire of British Muslims according to The Daily Mail.
By Yulia Karra
Prince Harry has drawn ire of UK’s Muslims after it emerged that he invited Israeli soldiers and veterans wounded in battle to participate in a sporting event organized by the British royal, the Daily Mail newspaper reported Sunday.
The Duke of Sussex is the founder of the international multi-sport event, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in nine sports. Continue Reading »
‘Baby-face’ but tough 21 yr-old from Haifa wins the 2019 World Association of Kickboxing Organizations competition held in Bosnia, while two other Israelis bring home silver medals from the WAKO championships.
Israel’s Yulia Sachkov won Saturday a gold medal at the kickboxing world championships for women that was hosted in Sarajevo in Bosnia.
In addition, other Israeli contenders won three silver medals in the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) competition.
Sachkov, 21, from Haifa defeated her Czech opponent in the finals of the under-52 kilogram (114.5 pound) weight class of K-1 style kickboxing, after defeating her opponent from Belarus in the semi-finals. Continue Reading »
Iranian Judoka Saeid Mollaei, who was ranked #1 in the world, has remained in Europe, afraid to return home after he admitted Teheran ordered his deliberate loss to keep him from being matched with the Israeli Judoka at the 2019 World Judo Championships in Tokyo.
By i24NEWS – AFP
The International Judo Federation (IJF) said Tuesday it had banned Iran from competition over the country’s refusal to face Israeli competitors.
The federation issued a provisional ban last month while investigating a report that Iran had ordered a judoka to lose deliberately at the world championships to avoid facing an Israeli competitor in the subsequent round. Continue Reading »
FIDE secretary Polina Tsedenova said the World Chess Federation will forbid Tunisia from hosting the international chess competition for kids, should they still refuse a visa to the 7 yr-old European School Individual Chess champion, an Israeli.
By ELIANA SCHREIBER
Tunisia, which is currently scheduled to host the 2019 World Schools Chess Championship, could have its hosting privilege revoked if the country refuses to grant a visa to a seven-year-old Israeli girl.
The country, which has no diplomatic ties with Israel, does not permit Israelis to enter its borders, and is refusing to make an exception for Liel Levitan, the European School Individual Chess champion in her age group, for the upcoming World Chess Federation (FIDE) tournament. Continue Reading »
After refusing to display Israel’s flag or play its national anthem, Marius Vizer, president of The Int’l Judo Federation suspends the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and the Tunis Grand Prix Judo competitions, saying the federation “is committed to promoting the moral principles and values of Judo, Olympism and sport in general.”
By GIL HOFFMAN
In a victory for Israel and Sports Minister Miri Regev, the International Judo Federation announced Friday that it would cancel two upcoming grand slam judo events in Tunis and Abu Dhabi, because Israeli flags were not allowed to be raised.
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Int’l Judo Federation president Marius Vizer, and Israel’s Sports & Culture Minister, Miri Regev.
For the first time, the most prestigious sporting event ever hosted in Israel, the Giro d’Italia cycling Grand Tour will start their race in Jerusalem on Friday.
• The event features 4-time Tour de France champ Christopher Clive Froome, OBE, the British cyclist racing for the UCI ProTeam Team Sky.
By Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
After resolving a brief crisis over the status of its capital, Israel is ready to finally get things underway this week with its historic hosting of the Giro d’Italia cycling race.
The world’s best riders will start the race in Jerusalem on Friday in the first time a cycling Grand Tour will ever be held outside Europe. Continue Reading »
Head coach of Iran’s Wrestling Federation, Rasoul Khadem [pictured above], resigns over Tehran’s policy of forcing his athletes to forfeit matches in order to avoid contact with Israeli opponents, saying how wrestler Alireza Karimi, who was banned for half year, and previous coach banned for two years was, “not right.”
By Oren Aharoni
The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Wrestling Federation, Rasoul Khadem, announced his resignation Wednesday, only two months after being approved for the position, in protest of Iran’s rigid stance on competing against Israeli athletes.
Just recently, Iranian wrestler Alireza Karimi received a six month suspension for losing on purpose to a Russian opponent during the U-23 World Championship held in Poland in November, so that he would not advance to the next round and face Israeli wrestler Yuri Kalashnikov, who won a bronze medal. Continue Reading »
To avoid refusing to face Israeli opponent by withdrawing, a political action condemned by the United World Wrestling Committee that would lead to a fine of thousands of dollars, watch Iranian wrestler told to intentionally loses match with Russian, in order to avoid advancing to face Israeli opponent.
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
Israel’s Uri Kalashnikov won the bronze medal at the 86-kilo category of the under-23 wrestling world championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Saturday, but it is the bout he never got to fight that is making all the headlines.
Iran’s government hailed wrestler Alireza Karimi-Mashiani for his “noble and heroic action”, saying he is “a source of pride and praise,” after he threw a bout against a Russian opponent in order to avoid facing Kalashnikov. Continue Reading »
Preferring not to intervene in Palestinian drama, FIFA dropped age-old Palestinian Football Association complaints on political grounds, so now PFA charges FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
A Palestinian challenge over the way FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, handled its complaints against the Israeli Football Association will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, this month.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino – Photo: Doha Stadium Plus Qatar/Wikimedia
The court said its panel will hear the Palestine Football Association’s appeal on Nov. 27. A verdict is expected weeks later. Continue Reading »
Refusing to cancel, organizers said the Giro will still start in Jerusalem and include two additional stages in Israel, but “political sensitivities” will be taken into account and its route will not go through land international law considers “occupied.”
• For the very first time in over 100 years, a portion of the sport’s Grand Tours will take place outside of Europe.
By The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
When the world’s cycling elite converge on Israel next year for the storied Giro d’Italia race, they will grapple with the rugged hills of Jerusalem, speed by the shimmering Mediterranean Sea and huff their way through the dry southern Negev Desert. Continue Reading »
FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced the int’l soccer federation will not ban the 6 Israeli teams from Judea & Samaria, as the Palestine Football Association demanded.
– FIFA statement regarding the Palestinian suit, “The matter is declared closed and will not be the subject of any further discussion.”
By Elad Benari
FIFA, the governing body of global soccer, will not intervene in the impasse between the Israeli and Palestinian Arab football authorities and considers the matter closed, its president Gianni Infantino said on Friday, according to Reuters.
The Palestine Football Association (PFA) which is headed by Jibril Rajoub, along with groups such as Human Rights Watch, has long attempted to force FIFA ban six Israeli teams in Judea and Samaria, claiming that their presence there is in breach of FIFA statutes, which forbids another member association playing on another territory without permission. Continue Reading »
For the very first time in over 100 years a portion of the sport’s Grand Tours will take place outside of Europe.
– In the largest sporting event ever held in Israel, the Giro d’Italia will have over 175 of world’s best cyclists arriving in the Jewish State, with hundreds of millions watching across the globe.
By The Associated Press
The Giro d’Italia cycling race will open next year’s event in Israel, marking the first time any leg of the sport’s Grand Tours will take place outside of Europe.
Giro d’Italia coming to Jerusalem – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Organizers said Thursday that details of the exact route of the three-day leg in Israel will be announced next week, with Italian and Israeli ministers making the announcement in Jerusalem along with Spanish great Alberto Contador. Continue Reading »
WATCH: A Palestinian boxer forfeited his match rather than compete against an Israeli, “because it is beneath our dignity to compete with them and recognize the State of Israel.”
By Tzvi Lev
Acbag Sultan, an Arab boxer residing in Ramallah, pulled out of a scheduled match against Israeli Amit Mdah on August 9. His decision to forfeit rather then fight an Israeli handed Mdah the bronze medal at the IFMA Youth Muay Thai World Championships.
In a new video released by Palestinian Media Watch, Sultan admits that he was forced to pull out of the match by the Palestinian Olympic Committee. Continue Reading »
Malaysian hosts told Israel its surfers would not compete under Israel’s state flag, would not be allowed to use any symbol identifiable with Israel on their surfboards or cloths, nor should Israel win a gold medal, its national anthem would not be played.
By ALLON SINAI
World Sailing announced on Sunday that it is holding an investigation and seeking clarification from the Malaysian Organizing Authority of the Youth Sailing World Championships after Israel was unable to send a delegation to the event in Langkawi, Malaysia.
Windsurfer Yoav Omer – Photo: AMIT SHISEL/ISA
Israel’s Yoav Omer and Noy Drihan will not have an opportunity to defend their titles at the championships, which got underway on Sunday, after the Israel Sailing Association (ISA) said last week that it will not be participating in the event due to the demands made by the organizers and the fact the surfers had yet to receive visas. Continue Reading »