Mark Milner of the Bleacher Report on whether Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer was banned from a recent tournament in Dubai because of race:
Last month, Israel launched an invasion on the Gaza Strip that was extraordinarily unpopular in the Middle East. Already unpopular, their utter destruction of the area has turned opposition even more against them. There have been protests as far away as Canada and the United States.
Peer’s visa denial is just another step in the reaction towards Israel. The UAE is a country without an established relationship to Israel, so their interaction is going to be limited to passive actions like this.
Sweden’s the Local argues that the decision to have Israel play its Davis Cup match in front of an empty arena is a dangerous boon to terrorists:
If a few threats on a relatively minor sporting event can empty a 4,000 seat arena, just imagine what a real terrorist attack would do to Swedish society. Would a terrorist attack on a local bus close down the public transport system? Will night clubs and restaurants lose their licenses if they are targeted by terrorists? Will municipalities say they prefer not to risk going on with daily life even when the police clearly say they can handle the work load?
Jim Litke of the AP on whether Charles Barkley, fresh out of jail after serving three days of a 10-day sentence for DUI, can serve as a cautionary tale:
But Barkley could get a statue erected in his honor by week’s end simply by keeping his promise to “challenge other people, not just celebrities or jocks” who make the same mistake he did, climbing behind the wheel of a car after a couple of drinks. He’s never been shy about using the bully pulpit before.
Martin Rogers of Yahoo! Sports on concerns about athlete safety in the Premiership:
Politics and sports are not supposed to mix, yet they invariably do, recently evident when Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger gave European soccer a wake-up when he admitted his team had suffered terror threats. Coming just a week after an international sports team, the Sri Lankan cricket side, was targeted by terrorists while on tour in Pakistan, Wenger’s remarks ignited a flurry of comments and conjecture – especially in England.