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    Should govt. ban player with Israeli partner ?

    Here is my question. If we can play cricket with India, what's wrong with this?
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/a...rt_id=14485566



    AFP [ SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2002 8:34:49 PM ]

    KARACHI: Pakistani sports officials Saturday condemned the pairing of ace tennis player Aisamul Haq Qureshi with an Israeli player in Wimbledon's doubles event.


    "Although he is playing in his private capacity we officially condemn his playing with an Israeli player and an explanation has been sought from him," Pakistan Sports Board director Brigadier Saulat Abbas told AFP.
    "Since Pakistan has no links with Israel, Qureshi may face a ban."


    Qureshi, paired with Amir Hadad of Israel, upset 11th seed Rick Leech of the United States and Ellis Ferreira of South Africa to reach the third round of this year's second Grand Slam tournament on Friday.


    Qureshi, 22, created history by becoming the first Pakistani player to reach the third round of a Grand Slam event, but it is his teaming up with an Israeli player which has grabbed headlines in Muslim Pakistan.


    "When players compete on the professional circuit they are not bound to national federations, but we have sought an explanation from him and if advised by the government we may take action," Pakistan Tennis Federation President Syed Dilawar Abbas said.


    Qureshi played a key role in Pakistan's Davis Cup semi-final win over Taiwan in the Asia Oceania zone group II in Lahore and would be vital in the country's Davis Cup final against China in September.


    Pakistan lags behind in international tennis and has yet to produce a world class player.


    "Due to the bloodshed in the Middle East Qureshi's pairing with an Israeli player is wrong," said former Pakistan tennis champion Saeed Hai.


    Hai was the first Pakistani to play in the singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles events of Wimbledon from 1954-56, but he never made it beyond the first round.


    Pakistan's tennis captain Rasheed Malik spoke up in support of Qureshi.


    "We should appreciate his progress in an international event rather than criticising it," Malik said.


    "At times you have no option when it comes to choosing your partner and what he has achieved should be appreciated."
    Qureshi himself was unperturbed by the controversy.


    "I am surprised at the fuss being made over my partnership. I would like to be talked about for my tennis (abilities) rather than politics," Qureshi said in London.


    "If we can change people's minds then that would be a good thing."

    All people are equal, but some are more equal than others. We call these "corporations."

    #2
    Wonderful!!! The man maybe banned in Pakistan for reaching the third round of Wimbldedon, something they havent done before...

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      #3
      Is this guy an Arab/Israeli?

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        #4
        I can't believe I'm reading this This matter is truly pathetic. The Pakistan sports board is truly a foolish and misguided organization. I'm damn sick of Pakistanis talking BS about Isreal being the enemy while they sit there watching Indian films. Sports should be about doing well and making your nation proud, but ofcourse foolish Pakistani have to bring political issues.

        I take this matter VERY personally, I dated his sister and he has trained with me here in Connecticut. Aisam is an excellent player to come out of Pakistan and he should have our support. As for those folks foaming at the mouth over playing with an Isreali, do they even know who A. Hadad is !?! He's an Isreali Arab.

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          #5
          Rajput, forget them stupid sports ppl, and tell us a little more about this guy as we dont know much about him... Where did he get his primary training from? Any other tournaments he's won and stuff??? Hes in the third round now I think and doing great.

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            #6
            This is stupid.. we should never mix sports with politics.

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              #7
              Everything in Pakistan is full of politics, unfortunately sports in no exception.

              Along with this, is the fact that the Qureshi is not listening to the board made them mad as well. They thought 'we will fix him'.


              [This message has been edited by RealDeal (edited June 29, 2002).]

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                #8
                More here.

                All I can say is we some very stup!d people in Pakistan.

                http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport/hi/engli...00/2074054.stm

                Amir Hadad and Qureshi (left) made it to the third round

                Pakistan's Aisamul Haq Qureshi has been condemned by his country's sports officials for partnering an Israeli at Wimbledon.
                Qureshi has teamed up with Amir Hadad and together they upset 11th seed Rick Leech and Ellis Ferreira on Friday to make it to the third round of the men's doubles.

                Qureshi, a 22-year-old Muslim, created history with the help of Jewish Hadad by becoming the first Pakistani player to reach the third round of a Grand Slam event.

                A Jew and a Muslim playing together is not the end of the world

                Amir Hadad
                But instead of being celebrated back in his home country, officials are considering imposing a ban over his choice of partner.

                "Although he is playing in his private capacity, we officially condemn his playing with an Israeli player and an explanation has been sought from him," said Pakistan Sports Board director Brigadier Saulat Abbas.

                "Since Pakistan has no links with Israel, Qureshi may face a ban."

                Qureshi was unperturbed by the controversy and is hoping his decision to leave politics on the sidelines will be seen in a positive light.

                "I am surprised at the fuss being made over my partnership," he said. "I would like to be talked about for my tennis rather than politics.

                "If we can change people's minds then that would be a good thing."

                Qureshi played a key role in Pakistan's Davis Cup semi-final win over Taiwan in the Asia Oceania zone group II.

                But his place in the team for their vital Davis Cup tie against China in September has been thrown into doubt.


                Qureshi (right) and Hadad have formed a good partnership


                "When players compete on the professional circuit they are not bound to national federations," Pakistan Tennis Federation President Syed Dilawar Abbas said.

                "But we have sought an explanation from him and if advised by the government we may take action."

                Saeed Hai, a former leading Pakistan player, also condemned his actions in the light of the current relations between the two countries.

                "Due to the bloodshed in the Middle East, Qureshi's pairing with an Israeli player is wrong," he said.

                But Pakistan's tennis captain Rasheed Malik spoke up in support of Qureshi.

                "We should appreciate his progress in an international event rather than criticising it," Malik said.

                "At times you have no option when it comes to choosing your partner and what he has achieved should be appreciated."

                Making money

                The 24-year-old Hadad also remained defiant against any criticism of their partnership.

                "I don't care what people think about it," said the 24-year-old Hadad.

                "As long as we enjoy playing together we will continue. When we agreed to get together it was all about doing well here, making some money and improving our doubles ranking.

                "If we win here then I would dedicate the victory to my family and to peace.

                "It would be good for those doubters to see that even though we are from different religions it is possible for us to work together and have some fun.

                "A Jew and a Muslim playing together is not the end of the world. We are all human beings. We have the same blood, the same skin."



                [This message has been edited by Shamraz Khan (edited June 29, 2002).]
                All people are equal, but some are more equal than others. We call these "corporations."

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                  #9
                  It is indeed stupid on part of the Pakistan Tennis Federation, as although we have some problems with the Jewish government, what has it to do with the common jewish people?

                  [This message has been edited by zaavia (edited June 29, 2002).]

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                    #10
                    You notice one thing? Israelis govt and people have't condemned this.

                    One indication that perhaps Mossad main target is Palestine/Arabs not Pakistan as many people suggest

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                      #11
                      how about indian-pakistani doubles players

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by rvikz:
                        how about indian-pakistani doubles players
                        Not in ur life time...

                        Israelis are not our direct enemies...like India...

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by rvikz:
                          how about indian-pakistani doubles players
                          You and I will be the first to do it rvikz, get your racquet man! Jonny Walker will sponsor us!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Spock:
                            You and I will be the first to do it rvikz, get your racquet man! Jonny Walker will sponsor us!
                            ok, Spock! Andhra and I challenge you and rvikz for the Gupshup Tennis Championship. I think Abdali and Chilli would also make great partners.

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                              #15
                              Looks like Brigadier Saulat Abbas is just another one of our jahil army officers. He propobably has a couple of Al-Qaeda hiding in his mansion.

                              And this Israeli guy seems to have an Arab name. Must be an Arab Jew.

                              [This message has been edited by Mir of Hunza (edited June 29, 2002).]

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