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February 23, 2009
Tennis stars show Obama administration how to handle bigotry
Winning and losing in any sports activity is relatively clear cut--whichever individual or team compiles the most points or is the fastest, wins. Oh sure, there is room for doubt--disputing a referee's or umpire's call, disagreeing with a judge's opinion at a skating event--but usually the final results leave no doubt as to winners or losers. Good sports(wo)manship means playing fair (steroid issue aside) and let the best person win.
Thus, while the UN is planning preliminary work for an anti bigotry conference Durban ll, that will be full of bigotry, racism and hate especially directed towards Israel and the US which the US, sadly is abetting, blindly justifying their participation by claiming they'll squash any prejudice, the sports world is having none of it.
When the country of Dubai denied Israeli tennis star Shahar Peer a visa, thus violating the terms of its agreement in hosting the World Tennis Association (WTA) tournament, the WTA struck back hard.
Stung by the intensity of the international disgust at the treatment of Shahar Peer, the world No 45 from Israel, by the Dubai tennis authorities, the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour levied an unprecedented series of fines, penalties and warnings last night against an event that will think twice before it raises its heavy hand again.
Individual players agreed with the WTA decision, bravely protesting with actions and words. Defending champion Andy Roddick took the most courageous action , saying
he won't attend because he doesn't agree with the United Arab Emirates' decision to deny Israeli Shahar Peer a visa to play in the women's tournament this week.
America's Venus Williams, who won her 40th singles title also bravely spoke out.
During the trophy presentation, Williams spoke about Shahar Peer, the Israeli player who was denied entry into the United Arab Emirates for the tournament because of what organizers called security concerns.
But Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, has multiple cultural problems.
The Peer row came as Dubai also banned a book by British author Geradline Bedell because it contained a gay character.
leading Bedell to ask
'It calls into question the whole notion of whether the Emirates and other Gulf states really want to be part of the contemporary cultural world,' Ms Bedell told the Times. 'You can't ban books and expect your literary festival to be taken seriously.'
And you can't hold an anti bigotry conference, drenched in bigotry. Let the sports people conduct a real anti bigotry conference.