Indonesia bars Israeli championship badminton player

Indonesia bars Israeli championship badminton player

Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal trains for the World Badminton Federation World Championships scheduled in Jakarta from Aug 10-16. Indonesia has denied a visa to an Israeli badminton player seeking to compete. (AFP photo)
Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal trains for the World Badminton Federation World Championships scheduled in Jakarta from Aug 10-16. Indonesia has denied a visa to an Israeli badminton player seeking to compete. (AFP photo)

JAKARTA — Indonesia has denied a visa to an Israeli badminton player seeking to take part in next week's World Championship here.

Misha Zilberman said he started filing a visa application six months ago and had spent the past couple of weeks practising in Singapore.

"They are not giving me a visa to take part in the World Championship!" Zilberman wrote on his Facebook page.

The tournament, one of the sport's top events, runs from Aug 10-16.

"It's normal because Israel and Indonesia don't have diplomatic relations," said Fuad Basya, deputy chairman of the Indonesian Badminton Association.

"It's going to be very difficult to get a visa without diplomatic relations," he told the German Press Agency, adding it was up to the government's immigration department.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, is a staunch supporter of the Palestinian struggle for nationhood and has barred Israelis from entering the country in the past.


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