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Jordan Taekwondo athlete refuses to face Israeli opponent

August 1, 2022 at 2:37 pm

Taekwondo match on 2 September 2021 [PHILIP FONG/AFP/Getty Images]

Jordanian athlete, Maysir Al-Dahamsheh, yesterday refused to face an Israeli opponent in a Taekwondo championship in Bulgaria.

Al-Dahamsheh has withdrawn from a bronze medal tournament, in opposition to normalising with the Israeli occupation. Her withdrawal comes two months after the Jordanian national fencing player, Eyas Al-Zamer, withdrew from a World Juniors Championship held in the United Arab Emirates, where he had to face an Israeli opponent.

Since 1994, Jordan has been involved in the so-called “Wadi Araba” peace agreement, under which hostility between the two sides in a border desert ended.

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