16 February 2009

Why is this not a bigger story?

In case you haven't heard - which you almost certainly haven't, given that there's no link to the story on the front page of either ESPN.com or SportsIllustrated.com, and it's getting very little airtime on TV - Dubai has refused to allow Shahar Peer, the 48th-ranked women's tennis player in the world, into the country. They're refusing to do this, they've flat-out admitted, because she's Israeli.

Now, I'm not one to call racism or anti-Semitism, and I'm not going to do it here... but, one question: would there be a bigger reaction if, say, Israel refused to allow an Egyptian player into the country for a tournament in Tel Aviv? Just something to think about.

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