Syrian Boxer Quits Qualifiers For Olympics Over Israeli Opponent

Ala Ghasoun, a boxer from Syria, 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.


"I quit the competition because my rival was Israeli, and I cannot shake his hand or compete against him while he represents a Zionist regime that kills the Syrian people," Ghasoun told Arab media over the weekend.

"If I fight against him, it would mean that I, as a athlete, and Syria, as a state, recognize the state of Israel."

"The decision to quit was not mine. It was made by the Syrian Sports Federation and by senior Syrian officials. It was a very difficult decision, because I have worked hard to participate in the championship. But I serve my homeland - my honor and my loyalty belong to Syria," Ghason said.

Isa Nassar, the head of the Syrian Boxing Association, said that  "Ghasoun was expected to perform very well in the championship, because he is one of the best Syrian boxers. However, his love and loyalty to Syria and insistence on his principles were more important than winning the tournament."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Left Hook Tua on 06-24-2016

[QUOTE=El-blanco;16798375]Arabs have been humiliated enough by Israelis. He did the right thing.[/QUOTE] Arabs always get their ass handed to them by the juice.....

Comment by SP4RTICUS on 06-24-2016

[QUOTE=LetOutTheCage;16798590]How is it racism exactly? There protesting against a Zionist goverment. When did Zionism become a race?[/QUOTE] jews are a race, israel is a nation

Comment by Kigali on 06-21-2016

[QUOTE=pedrito;16798445]Thats like saying South African Apartheid wasn't a big thing because blacks kill more blacks than whites do. Israel is treating the Palestinians in inhuman ways. That's a fact.[/QUOTE] Arabs treat anybody not Arab in inhuman ways...including Arab women. They…

Comment by zetsui on 06-21-2016

I REALLY doubt it was his political or personal opinions here He would have been killed by Assad for having to do anything with Israel

Comment by baya on 06-20-2016

[QUOTE=El-blanco;16798375]Arabs have been humiliated enough by Israelis. He did the right thing.[/QUOTE] ... in that context, amirs biggest win was against salita :rofl: soft of this muzzie to back out of a fight-you'd WANT to face your enemy in a…

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