Statement From WTA CEO Larry Scott Regarding Dubai Penalties
by Staff | February 19th, 2009, 3:37 pm

Regarding: Decision of United Arab Emirates to change policy to allow Israeli Athletes to enter and compete in UAE going forward

“We welcome the change of the UAE policy which will allow Andy Ram to play this week in Dubai and which clarifies that all Israeli athletes will be able to compete in future tournaments in UAE.

Shahar Peer is owed all of our thanks for her courage in challenging an unjust policy and for forcing action to be taken that resulted in today’s announcement. We thank all of the many organizations and individuals that rallied behind Shahar and pressed the UAE to change their discriminatory stance. It is deeply regrettable that Shahar had to suffer the negative consequences of the UAE decision this past week in order for this policy to get turned around for the benefit of others. What happened to Shahar last week was discriminatory, reprehensible and unacceptable, and the Tour will shortly be determining remedies for her, penalties to be imposed on the tournament, and the additional assurances we will require to guarantee all Israeli athletes entry to the UAE so that future tournaments in the UAE may take place.”

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2 Comments for Statement From WTA CEO Larry Scott Regarding Dubai Penalties


Well done statement by the CEO of WTA. This is as strong as it can get and Let UAE know that Politics cannot be mixed with Sports if it wants to remain in the Sports Arena.

Henry Says:

from the date of your post I can see that you probably didn’t follow the discussion and information in the other threads. The statement is exactly what it is: a statement, but a very empty/hollow one as neither the CEO nor the players had the guts to really stand up!
On top of all this, the WTA had absolutely NOTHING to do with the fact that Andy Ram got a visa, but loves to insinuate – between the lines -that their ‘action’ (read non-action) was part of the reason Ram got a visa.

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