Israel says badminton player can’t get visa for world championships

The Olympic Committee of Israel said Sunday Indonesia has denied one of their athletes a visa to participate in the upcoming Badminton World Championships in Jakarta, which start Monday.

OCI secretary general Gili Lustig said badminton player Misha Zilberman has not been granted a visa to enter Indonesia – the world’s most populous Muslim country – because he is Israeli. Zilberman has been waiting in Singapore for more than two weeks after making an initial application six months ago, Lustig says. The committee is working with the Badminton World Federation to try to resolve the issue in time for Zilberman to compete.



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