Israeli National Judo Team Denied Visas For Event In Abu Dhabi

According to a report by Inside The Games, the Israel’s National Judo Team has been denied visas needed for an International Judo Federation Grand Slam event in Abu Dhabi.

Here is the report:

Israel’s team have been denied visas to attend the International Judo Federation (IJF) Grand Slam event in Abu Dhabi, which is due to take place between October 30 and November 1.

The country had been due to send a 15-member team to the event in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital, with former women’s under 63 kilogram world champion Yarden Gerbi and reigning European men’s under 73kg champion Sagi Muki expected to have been their key medal hopes.

However, their participation in the event now appears unlikely and the team’s head coach Oren Smadga posted on Facebook to confirm the Visa applications had been denied.

“Abu Dhabi does not approve the visa to the Israeli judo team,” he said.

“Why organise a judo competition in a country then not participate all the athletes in the world?

“Sport must be out of politics.”

The Grand Slam event forms a crucial part of the qualification process for judokas for the Rio 2016 Olympic tournament, with gold medallists set to add 500 points to their totals as they seek to qualify for the Games.

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