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Old 02-17-2009, 05:58 PM
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United Arab Emirates Denies Visa to Top Female Tenis Player

Interesting rationale...
Concern about Shahar Peer's well-being led Dubai to make the decision. “We do not wish to politicize sports, but we have to be sensitive to recent events in the region and not alienate or put at risk the players and the many tennis fans of different nationalities that we have here in the U.A.E.,” said the statement, read to reporters by the tournament director, Salah Tahlak.

A statement from the tournament organizer, Dubai Duty Free, said Peer’s “presence would have antagonized our fans”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/sports/tennis/18tennis.html?ref=sports

Or this...
As freshly strung racket strings pummeled defenseless balls Sunday, a more sinister tension was striking at the heart of women’s tennis.The show went on in Dubai but with Middle East politics as its top-ranked headline, with a player taken from the draw for the crime of being from the wrong country.....
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/16/sports/tennis/16araton.html?fta=y

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Old 02-17-2009, 09:50 PM
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And the irony of it all is that her doubles partner is a Muslim girl from India. I am sure they should ban her as well.
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:55 PM
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And the irony of it all is that her doubles partner is a Muslim girl from India. I am sure they should ban her as well.
An apostate and an idolator. What would reasonable people think if they allowed such a heretical event to occur?
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The young Lady in Question is from Israel.

The Mullahs have Terrorized their own.
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:16 AM
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The funny thing is that Peer has been one of the most vocal opponents of Israeli policy. She is firmly in the Palestinian camp, yet her being Jewish and Israeli bans her from the games. She also had to dropout of the Australian Open over this... The Aussies said they did not want to politicize the Open so they told her not to show up. How is that NOT politicizing the game?


Bunch of crap in my opinion...

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