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World swim body warns Qatar, UAE for Israel snubs

World swimming body warns Qatar, UAE over disrespecting Israel at World Cup meets

World swim body warns Qatar, UAE for Israel snubs

GENEVA (AP) -- Swimming's governing body has formally warned officials in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates for disrespecting Israeli swimmers at World Cup events.

FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu tells The Associated Press the two organizing committees apologized for the "stupid" incidents.

He says Israel's team protested when the country's name and flag appeared to be censored in pre-race introductions and television broadcasts.

Qatar will host the 2014 World Short-Course Championships in Doha for FINA, which has rules prohibiting discrimination.

Marculescu says "next year we have the World Championships and these things will not happen anymore."

He says the problem was resolved during the events, at Dubai last Thursday and Friday, and Doha on Sunday and Monday.

Israeli swimmer Amit Ivry won a medal at both meetings.


Updated : 2021-01-26 14:11 GMT+08:00