Jordanian table-tennis player pulls out of match to avoid facing Israeli opponent

June 13, 2021 by JNS
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A Jordanian national table tennis player recently withdrew from the World Para Table Tennis Championships in Slovenia to avoid playing against an Israeli athlete, confirmed the Jordanian Paralympic Committee.

Table-tennis player Osama Abu Jame of Jordan. Source: Facebook/Jordanian Paralympic Committee.

Player Osama Abu Jame pulled out of the championships after reaching the quarter-finals, where he was scheduled to compete against an Israeli, according to the publication The New Arab.

The international competition, held June 3-5, saw a total of 153 men and 75 women representing 52 national Olympic committees. It serves to qualify players for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo beginning in August.

Jordan and Israel signed a peace deal in 1994, 15 years after Egypt did so; nevertheless, Israeli relations with both countries have wavered between warm and cold over the years.

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One Response to “Jordanian table-tennis player pulls out of match to avoid facing Israeli opponent”
  1. Larry Light says:

    Will this man or the country he represents be reprimanded by World Para Table Tennis?
    There should be such a consequence.

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