I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
Five days after Shahar Peer was excluded from competing at the women's Dubai Championships, her fellow Israeli Andy Ram was given "special permission" by UAE authorities to play in the men's equivalent next week.
Following is a selection of what players and various officials said.
Women's Tennis Association chief Larry Scott: "I had been in touch with heads of several other sports and people in the Olympic movement and there was shock and dismay over this decision and real concern as to what the implications would be.
"I know certain organisations called for a sporting boycott or suspension of all sporting activities in the UAE until this policy was changed. So there were potential ramifications for all other sports."
Men's ATP Tour chief Adam Helfant: "No player, who qualifies to play an ATP World Tour event, should be denied their right to compete on the basis of ethnicity, nationality or religion and we are happy that the Dubai Tennis Championships and the UAE have shown that they share that view. The UAE government has made the right decision."
United Arab Emirates changed its policy of barring Israeli athletes from competing in the Gulf states on Thursday
Next, the UAE is governed by Sharia Law; therefore, unless their women want to play tennis is a full length gown and a burkha --- IT ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN.
The WTA can prevent any of its events from being in the UAE that is what I was getting at.
Sorry you missed it.
Bias against women, jews, and non-islamics is a part of arab culture. I would love to believe the UAE would keep its word but I just do not believe they will.
That being said ... I am in favor of blacklisting the UAE for a period of years until they learn to keep their biases to themselves.
I think they should be perfectly free to allow what players they wish to compete on their soil. And, I think that private sporting organizations should feel free to refuse to hold their events on their soil.
As for them not allowing women to participate in sports, that is their prerogative and while I think private groups have the right to not play on their soil because of that, I don't think they should take it into consideration. All that should be taken into consideration is whether or not they all ALL participants in a sport, from ALL countries to play on their soil. What they allow for their own athletes is irrelevant, IMO
Just because you disagree with it does not make it not real.This is why their women dress up like nuns. If they had a real, viable, constitution women would be free to wear what they wish.
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." - Gandhi