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Monday, August 12, 2013

Israel's Davis Cup tennis team fined for refusing to play

The Israel Tennis Association, the sponsor of Israel's national Davis Cup tennis entry, has been fined 10,000 Euros (about $13,000) for refusing to play a match against the Belgian national team... on Yom Kippur.
The Israeli national tennis team had been scheduled to play against the Belgium national tennis team in Antwerp on Sept. 14, which is Yom Kippur, in the world group playoffs, the highest level of Davis Cup play.
The Belgian Tennis Association turned down Israel’s request to postpone the game, but the International Tennis Federation, which sponsors the Davis Cup, intervened and changed the date of the match to Sept. 15, but ordered the Israeli national team to pay the Belgian team for the inconvenience of adding a day to the tournament, Yediot Acharonot reported.
“The Israel Tennis Association is a non-profit organization, which designates all of its funds to promote tennis in Israel and develop Israeli tennis players. As a result, the high fine is a detrimental blow for the budget of the professional program for the Israeli tennis teams and to Israeli tennis in general,” Israel Tennis Association Chairman Asi Touchmair said in a statement on the association’s website.
“As an institution that represents the State of Israel and its values, we in the Israeli Tennis Association stand proud, before all those who refuse to recognize the importance of the Jewish tradition, on behalf of Israel and Jews world over,” the statement said.

The fine is ridiculous, but I think they ought to be proud to stand up for our principals at least one day per year. How old are you? Remember Sandy Koufax?

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At 9:18 PM, Blogger Findalis said...

Or Hank Greenburg aka The Hebrew Hammer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Greenberg


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