Head of the Palestinian Taekwondo Union Omar Kabha accused the Israeli authorities of attempting to undermine Palestine’s International Taekwondo Championship which is due to start in occupied West Bank city of Ramallah today, the Anadolu Agency reported.
“Israel did not issue entry permits for the Nigerian and Kyrgyzstani players in addition to a number of the Jordanian players,” Kabha said, adding that it also prevented 35 players and staff members from the Gaza Strip coming to the West Bank.
The Moroccan players were held for 48 hours before Israel allowed them to enter the West Bank, he added.
According to Kabha, 350 Taekwondo players from 23 countries are expected to take part in the first such championship in the Palestinian territories.
The championship is to be held in Birzeit University and will last three days.