Israelis Denied Entry to Taekwondo Competition in Tunisia

Ron Atias of Israel, and Venilton Teixeira of Brazil compete in the men's Taekwondo event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
AP/Andrew Medichini reports: Israel’s Taekwondo Junior National Team was essentially banned from participating in the 2018 World Junior Championships, as well as trials for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games to be held in Argentina in October, after being denied entry permits by Tunisia, the host country.

Taekwondo coaches completed advance registration for the Israeli athletes, who include Junior World Championships and European championships bronze-medal winner and Olympic hopeful Avishag Samberg, European cadet champion Tom Pashevsky and deputy European cadet champion Dana Azran.

Tunisian officials delayed in responding to the Israeli delegation for a prolonged amount of time, ultimately promising entry visas if the team would not compete wearing any Israeli insignias or symbols.

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