Israeli windsurfer Ma’ayan Davidovich is competing at the world championships in Oman after all, but is not doing so under the Israel flag after entering the Muslim Sultanate with her Austrian passport.
The Israel Sailing Association (ISA) announced last Thursday that it will not send a delegation to Oman. Due to the security concerns raised by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), which is responsible for the safety of Israeli national teams when competing abroad, the ISA notified the organizers two weeks ago that it will not take part in the championships, resulting in the cancellation of the visas originally issued by Oman in July.
The ISA backtracked a day later and decided to send its three most senior surfers, Ma’ayan Davidovich, Shahar Zubari and Nimrod Mashiah. However, the organizers insisted they were unable to issue new visas so quickly and it seemed the three would have to watch the championships from afar.