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Malaysia has been stripped of the right to host the World Para-Swimming Championships after it refused to allow Israeli athletes to enter the country

.”Politics and sport are never a good mix,” said the International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons in a statement after the organization decided Sunday not to allow Malaysia to host the competition anymore. “We are disappointed that Israeli athletes would not have been allowed to compete in Malaysia.”

Malaysia’s foreign minister said earlier this month the country will not invite Israelis to participate in any future international events as an act of solidarity for the Palestinian cause. Malaysia’s sports minister is unapologetic of the decision to ban Israel. Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim country, is a vocal defender of the Palestinian cause.