Malaysia stands by decision to bar Israeli athletes after being stripped of world para swim event

After his country was stripped of its right to host the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships for threatening to refuse to allow Israeli athletes to participate, Malaysia’s youth and sports minister stands by the policy.

If hosting an international sports event was more important than the country’s support for the Palestinian cause, “(it) means Malaysia has truly loss its moral compass,” says Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

“Malaysia stands firm with our decision on the ground of humanity and compassion for the Palestinian plight. We will not compromise,” the minister adds.


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