8 months Malaysia defiant after losing swim event over Israel stance Manilatimes |Sports
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has branded Israel a “criminal state”, hitting back at a decision to strip Malaysia of the right to host a major swimming event for refusing to let Israelis participate. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced at the weekend that Malaysia would no longer be staging the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships as authorities had failed to provide guarantees that Israelis could take part. The championships, a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, were due to take place in Kuching from July 29-August 4. Muslim-majority Malaysia has no diplomatic relations with the Jewish state ... more