Israel’s Zilberman granted permission to compete in Indonesia

Israeli badminton player Misha Zilberman will face Jen Hao Hsu of Taiwan in the first round of the world championships on Tuesday, a day after arriving in Jakarta, Indonesia, under tight security.

The 26-year-old, who represented Israel at the London 2012 Olympics, was escorted from Singapore to the world’s most populous Muslim country by badminton World Federation Secretary General Thomas Lund, who flew to Singapore especially in order to ensure the Israeli would be able to enter Indonesia.

Zilberman, who is only allowed to leave his hotel for training and games, spent recent weeks practicing in Singapore while waiting for his visa request to be approved. Despite filing his initial application six months ago, Zilberman was turned down by Indonesian officials time and again.


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