Refusing to compete against Israeli rival, Syrian boxer quits international tournie

Ala Ghasoun, a Syrian boxer, quit Saturday the world boxing championship taking place in Azerbaijan this week for refusing to compete against an Israeli rival.

The bout between Ghasoun and the Israeli fighter was scheduled for the first round.

Participation in the tournament was a precondition in qualifying for the upcoming 2016 Olympic games that will take place in August in Rio de Janeiro.


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