‘A Heroic Stance’: Young Jordanian Athlete Refuses to Face Israeli Opponent at World Fencing Championship

Jordanian fencing player Iyas Al-Zumur. (Photo: via MEMO)

Jordanian fencing player Iyas Al-Zumur refused to face an Israeli opponent on Saturday, at the Junior and Cadet group of the World Fencing Championships in Dubai, Arab media reported.

Etharrak, a Jordanian activist group that opposes normalization with Israel, praised Al-Zumur’s “heroic stance and principles”, saying “this is how we, young and old, know our enemy well. We refuse to contribute to polishing its image and crimes, because sport is a path to values and morals in the first place.”

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement in Jordan also celebrated Al-Zumur’s position, posting on Twitter:

“A salute to the Jordanian fencing player, Iyas Al-Zumur, for his refusal to meet a Zionist player in the World Junior Fencing Championship”.

The Jordanian player’s move comes only one week after the Kuwaiti fencing player Mohammad Al-Fadil refused to face an Israeli opponent in the group stage of the World Fencing Championships held in Dubai.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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