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Tunisia must grant Israeli chess prodigy visa or won’t host World Chess match

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 »

Judo events cancelled in Tunis & Abu Dhabi for refusal to display Israeli flag

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.

Int’l Judo Federation president Marius Vizer, and Israel’s Sports & Culture Minister, Miri Regev.

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Giro d’Italia cycling Grand Tour begins Friday, in Jerusalem

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 »

Iran’s Olympic wrestling coach resigns over country’s anti-Israel policy

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 »

WATCH Iranian wrestler told to throw match in order to avoid facing Israeli opponent

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 »

Having lost FIFA verdict, Palestinian charges Football Association in Swiss Court

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 »

Palestinians, BDS threaten 2018 Giro d’Italia cycling race in Jerusalem

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 rejects Palestinian petition to sanction Israel over ‘settlement clubs’

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 »

The 2018 Giro d’Italia cycling race opens with three stages in Israel

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 »

Revealed: It’s Forbidden for Palestinians to “recognize the State of Israel”

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 »

Malaysia probed, possibly charged after Israel unable to participate in sailing championships

 

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 »

Israeli kickboxer Nili Block, wins Kickboxing World Championships

 

The 20yr-old Israeli has impressed everyone watching her throughout the championship, even beating a former 6-time world champ in the semi-finals.

By Tomer Ganor

 

Israeli kickboxer Nili Block won the Kickboxing World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Saturday, after defeating her Croatian opponent in the finals of the women’s under 60kg category. 

Nili Block. – Photo: Israel Kickboxing Federation

Block’s coach, Beny Cogan, told Ynet, “It was a tough fight to the end; Nili lead on points and kept the advantage even though the Croatian pressured her.”

“We are all happy and proud of Nili’s win, (she) represented us well,” said Israel Kickboxing Federation Chairperson Hani Sachs. Continue Reading »

Israeli Wins Silver at World Athletics Championships

 

Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko receives congratulatory phone-call from Israel’s President Rivlin, on her win in the triple-jump at the athletics world championships in Beijing.

By i24news

 

Fourteen years after Israel’s last medal at the World Athletics Championships, Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko has won the silver medal in the triple-jump. She also broke the national record, achieving a jump of 14.78 meters.

Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen comfortably retained her world title at the games in Beijing, stretching her winning streak to 29 competitions and achieving a best of 14.90 meters for the gold medal. Olympic champion Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan took the bronze.

Hannah Minenko – Photo: AFP

This is Israel’s third ever medal at the championships, with previous awards going to pole-vaulter Alex Averbukh, who won bronze in 1999 and silver in 2001. Continue Reading »

Indonesia Refuses Visa to Israeli Badminton Player for World Championship Games

The Badminton World Federation has been conspicuously silent about Indonesia’s refusing Israeli player Misha Zilberman a visa despite his filing initial application 6 months ago.

By ALLON SINAI

 

Israeli Badminton player Misha Zilberman is set to miss next week’s World Championships in Indonesia after the world’s most populous Muslim country refused to grant him a visa.

However, despite filing his initial application six months ago, Zilberman was turned down by Indonesian officials time and again, with all his pleas to the Badminton World Federation falling on deaf ears. Continue Reading »

Israeli Soccer Fans Overreact in Belgium After Anti-Semitic Chants

After Belgium football fans began making anti-Semitic comments, visiting supporters of Bietar Jerusalem caused ‘outrage & shame’ with their violent reaction.

By David Ben Shimol

 

Fans of the controversial Beitar Jerusalem team shocked the Israeli sports community after a small confrontation with fans of a rival team sparked a violent display at a game in Belgium Thursday night.

Beitar fans hurl smoke-bombs onto field in reaction to anti-Semitic chants by Belgium fans – screenshot

The fans threw smoke grenades and hung a racist flag at the outset of the game, leading play to be suspended. Heavy fines are expected to be imposed on the team, and the team’s owner has pledged to withdraw all support. Continue Reading »