Israeli ousted from world badminton championships in Indonesia after long visa battle

After finally prevailing in his long battle for a visa to play in the world badminton championships in Jakarta, Indonesia, Misha Zilberman’s participation in the competition lasted just 34 minutes on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Israeli, who took part in the London 2012 Olympics, lost 21-14 to Jen Hao Hsu of Taiwan in the first round, a day after he arrived in the world’s most populous Muslim country.

The Israeli flag wasn’t present in the arena alongside the flags of the rest of the participating countries on Tuesday, with Zilberman’s match being moved forward to the start of the day due to security concerns.


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