Why did the Palestinian boxer forfeit a match?

'It’s beneath our dignity to compete with them and recognize the State of Israel.'

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Tzvi Lev,

Palestinian boxer on television
Palestinian boxer on television
Palestinian Media Watch

Acbag Sultan, an Arab boxer residing in Ramallah, pulled out of a scheduled match against Israeli Amit Mdah on August 9. His decision to forfeit rather then fight an Israeli handed Mdah the bronze medal at the IFMA Youth Muay Thai World Championships.

In a new video released by Palestinian Media Watch, Sultan admits that he was forced to pull out of the match by the Palestinian Olympic Committee.

“I didn’t make the decision," Sultan told Palestine This Morning. "My trainers and the Olympic Committee made the decision, and as a competitor I cannot oppose them. The decision was reached that it is forbidden to compete with Israelis, because it is beneath our dignity to compete with them and recognize the State of Israel.”








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