Israel’s delegation to the Judo Grand Slam event in Abu Dhabi is hoping it will ultimately be allowed to compete under the Israeli flag.
The organizers had claimed that due to ‘security reasons’ the 12 Israeli athletes may not display the Israeli flag on their uniforms, nor will they be identified as Israeli athletes.
International Judo Federation president Marius Vizer sent a letter to the organizers demanding that “the Israeli delegation shall be treated absolutely equally in all aspects.”
Vizer wrote in his letter that the IJF Statutes “clearly provide that the IJF shall not discriminate on the ground of race, religion, gender or political opinion.”
He added that “there may not be any discrimination of any kind at any event organized by or supervised by the IJF, including of course the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam.
“Therefore, the IJF hereby demands that at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, all delegations, including the Israeli delegation, shall be treated absolutely equally in all aspects, without any exception.”