The World Squash Federation (WSF) has confirmed that it was not informed by the Malaysian authorities that the Israeli team for the World Squash Championships be denied visas.
In a statement, the WSF said it was continuing to process the Israeli Squash Team’s registration under the assumption that they will be participate at the championships next month in Kuala Lumpur.
It said that the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) had also reached out directly to the Malaysian government to seek assurances that the Israeli team will be allowed to compete, in accordance with the principle of an open and inclusive World Championships in which all Member Nations who wish to participate are able to do so.
Twenty six countries including Israel were expected to participate in the tournament scheduled to take place from December 7-12. The tournament it was rescheduled to be held in Malaysia after the original hosts New Zealand were unable to host the tournament due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Israel had earlier threatened to take the WSF and SRAM to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) if they were denied the chance to participate at the tournament.
This came about after Malaysia refused to grant visas for Israeli players to participate at the championships despite being eligible to play in the championships.
While the WSF is said to be engaging both Malaysia and Israel as well other countries on the matter, it is still not clear whether the tournament would take place if the Israeli players are denied entry.
It was similar to the case when Malaysia were stripped of the World Para Swimming Championships after Israeli swimmers were denied visas in 2019.