Thursday, November 16, 2006

Sports News

From Haaretz:
The International Tennis Federation has fined Indonesia $31,600 and banned it from next year's tournament for canceling its July Fed Cup match against Israel in Ramat Hasharon.

The Indonesian Tennis Association is expected to appeal against the ruling before the December 20 deadline, Ferry Raturandang, secretary general of the ITA said Thursday.

The Muslim nation, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel, had asked that the venue of its World Group II playoff match be moved to another country.

And from Iranmania:
Iran was crowned at an international taekwondo tournament in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, MNA reported.

The seven-strong Iranian team stood top among 30 participating countries with four golds and three silvers.

Two silvers came as the Iranian representatives in the fourth and eighth weight categories, Behzad Khodadad and Alireza Nasr-Azadani, avoided meeting the finalists from the 'Zionist' regime.

It's nice to see that the Muslim world can separate politics from sportsmanship so well.