UAE Reverses Policy of Banning Israeli Athletes from Displaying Jewish Symbols

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The Times of Israel reports: Israelis will be able to compete equally at the upcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, after the United Arab Emirates reversed its policy of banning athletes from the Jewish state from using Israeli symbols, the International Judo Federation (IJF) said Monday.

In July, the federation stripped the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia from hosting two international tournaments due to their failure to guarantee equal treatment of Israeli athletes, who were not allowed to compete under their nation’s flag or play the national anthem if they won.

In a statement, the federation said it was “pleased to announce that… the UAE Judo Federation confirmed in an official letter sent to the IJF that all nations participating in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam will have the possibility to do so in equal conditions.”

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