The Israeli fencing team has been banned from travelling to Qatar to compete as a result of the security threat posed by Iran, media sources have said.
National broadcaster Kan wrote on Twitter: âThe union received clear directions not to travel to Qatar, in addition to the fact that we did not have visas from Doha.â
Haaretz reported yesterday that the Israeli security agency Shin Bet issued a directive warning of a “heightened threat level in the Gulf region”.
It a statement, the Israeli Culture and Sports Ministry said: âDue to theÂ Shin Bet’sÂ assessment of the situation following recent events in our region, the threat level in the Gulf has been raised.â
âIn light of this, the Shin Bet has forbidden delegations from the region out of security concerns.â
ASÂ the order applies only to teams, individual members of Israelâs delegation may still compete.
The FencingÂ Grand Prix du QatarÂ 2019 is due to take place at the Aspire Zone in Doha fromÂ 25-27 January.