Rabat - Morocco’s wheelchair tennis team (special needs category) has been criticized by the Israeli press for refusing to face the Israeli team in the world championships held in Japan’s capital, Tokyo.
Rabat – Morocco’s wheelchair tennis team (special needs category) has been criticized by the Israeli press for refusing to face the Israeli team in the world championships held in Japan’s capital, Tokyo.
The Moroccan team and its technical crew decided on Thursday not to play against Israel and withdrew from the tournament. Commenting on the Moroccan decision, the Israeli coach said, “This is a sad day for sport and sadder for athletes with special needs.”
He added “politics have been mixed with sport in the past, but for people with special needs there have always been special features.”
51 teams from 29 countries are competing in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, in four categories: men, women, quadruple, and novices.
In response to the Moroccan team’s decision, the International Tennis Federation said, “the International Tennis Federation was established taking into account the preservation of the integrity and independence of tennis as a sport, including the rejection of any discrimination based on color, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age, gender or sexual orientation, or religion.
Concerning the refusal of the Moroccan national team to confront the Israeli team, we will urgently contact the Royal Moroccan University of Tennis to inquire about the incident, and we will take appropriate decisions in accordance with the regulations of the International Tennis Federation.”