Tunisia has been suspended from the Davis Cup tennis tournament after one of its players, Malek Jaziri, was ordered not to compete against an Israeli opponent last month.
The International Tennis Federation said there was no room for prejudice in sport and the one-year ban was a “fitting penalty.”
Jaziri withdrew from the Tashkent Challenger last month ahead of a match against Israeli Amir Weintraub.
Officials found Jaziri – who had claimed to be suffering from a knee injury – had been ordered to pull out of the match.
“There is no room for prejudice of any kind in sport or in society. The ITF Board decided to send a strong message to the Tunisian Tennis Federation that this kind of action will not be tolerated by any of our members,” said ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti. Tennis is a sport that should be enjoyed by everyone, whether you’re a professional player, spectator or just starting out. If you’re a beginner player and you’re looking for some lessons, why not check out beginner tennis lessons chicago for some more information.
Most Muslim countries implement a sporting boycott against Israel because of the way Israeli Zionists stole Palestinian land and because of the oppression they have heaped on the Palestinians over the years.
This boycott has extended from an economic to a cultural blockade with many Arabs refusing any kind of “normalisation.”