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Date: 19 Feb 2009 07:38:53
From: Superdave
Subject: Tennis Channel won't air Dubai tournament
Tennis Channel won't air Dubai tournament

* United Arab Emirates denies visa to Israeli tennis player Shahar
Peer
* Tennis Channel: Sport should be 'driving force for inclusion ... on
and off the courts'
* Wall Street Journal Europe drops sponsorship of Barclays Dubai
Tennis tourney
* Peer thanks channel: 'I was very moved and excited to hear about
your decision'

(CNN) -- The Tennis Channel has canceled plans to broadcast a
tournament in Dubai because an Israeli player was banned.

Shahar Peer, the 45th-ranked women's player according to the World
Tennis Association, qualified to compete in this week's Barclays Dubai
Tennis Championships but was denied a visa by the United Arab
Emirates. Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the UAE.

The cable network had planned to air parts of the tournament this
weekend.

"Tennis Channel recognizes that this exclusion has been made by state
authorities and neither the tour nor tournament directors themselves,"
said a statement posted on the channel's Web site Wednesday. "However
we also honor the role and proud tradition that tennis has always
played as a driving force for inclusion both on and off the courts.

"Preventing an otherwise qualified athlete from competing on the basis
of anything other than merit has no place in tennis or any other
sport, and has the unfortunate result of undermining the credibility
of the very nature of competition itself."

The announcement comes the same day The Wall Street Journal Europe
announced it is dropping its sponsorship of the tournament.

"The Wall Street Journal's editorial philosophy is free markets and
free people, and this action runs counter to the Journal's editorial
direction," the Journal said in a written statement.

The paper also said it plans to cancel a special tennis-themed
advertising section scheduled for Monday and its backing of a men's
tournament in Dubai scheduled for next week.

After days of international criticism, including the WTA saying it
would review whether the UAE should be allowed to host future
tournaments, the event's organizers said Peer was barred from the
tournament for her own protection, apparently alluding to Israel's
recent military offensive in Gaza.

"We do not wish to politicize sports, but we have to be sensitive to
recent events in the region and not alienate or put at risk the
players and the many tennis fans of different nationalities that we
have here," organizers said in a written statement.

The statement cited anti-Israel protests before one of Peer's matches
at a recent tournament in New Zealand.

But this is not the first time the UAE has barred Israeli tennis
players. Last year, an Israeli men's doubles team was denied entry.
The emirate also cited security concerns then.

In a statement posted on the Tennis Channel's site, Peer thanked the
cable channel for its decision.

"I was very moved and excited to hear about your decision not to
broadcast the Dubai tournament following their denial to allow me to
participate in the event," she wrote. "You at Tennis Channel were the
first ones to add action to the words and this is leading the way to
other organizations as well.

"All I want is to play tennis and do well. I believe you are helping
me to do exactly this."




 
Date: 20 Feb 2009 12:32:00
From:
Subject: Re: Tennis Channel won't air Dubai tournament
On Feb 19, 2:38=A0am, Superdave <the.big.rst.kah...@gmail.com > wrote:
> Tennis Channel won't air Dubai tournament
>
> * United Arab Emirates denies visa to Israeli tennis player Shahar
> Peer
> * Tennis Channel: Sport should be 'driving force for inclusion ... on
> and off the courts'
> * Wall Street Journal Europe drops sponsorship of Barclays Dubai
> Tennis tourney
> * Peer thanks channel: 'I was very moved and excited to hear about
> your decision'
>
> (CNN) -- The Tennis Channel has canceled plans to broadcast a
> tournament in Dubai because an Israeli player was banned.
>
> Shahar Peer, the 45th-ranked women's player according to the World
> Tennis Association, qualified to compete in this week's Barclays Dubai
> Tennis Championships but was denied a visa by the United Arab
> Emirates. Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the UAE.
>
> The cable network had planned to air parts of the tournament this
> weekend.
>
> "Tennis Channel recognizes that this exclusion has been made by state
> authorities and neither the tour nor tournament directors themselves,"
> said a statement posted on the channel's Web site Wednesday. "However
> we also honor the role and proud tradition that tennis has always
> played as a driving force for inclusion both on and off the courts.
>
> "Preventing an otherwise qualified athlete from competing on the basis
> of anything other than merit has no place in tennis or any other
> sport, and has the unfortunate result of undermining the credibility
> of the very nature of competition itself."
>
> The announcement comes the same day The Wall Street Journal Europe
> announced it is dropping its sponsorship of the tournament.
>
> "The Wall Street Journal's editorial philosophy is free markets and
> free people, and this action runs counter to the Journal's editorial
> direction," the Journal said in a written statement.
>
> The paper also said it plans to cancel a special tennis-themed
> advertising section scheduled for Monday and its backing of a men's
> tournament in Dubai scheduled for next week.
>
> After days of international criticism, including the WTA saying it
> would review whether the UAE should be allowed to host future
> tournaments, the event's organizers said Peer was barred from the
> tournament for her own protection, apparently alluding to Israel's
> recent military offensive in Gaza.
>
> "We do not wish to politicize sports, but we have to be sensitive to
> recent events in the region and not alienate or put at risk the
> players and the many tennis fans of different nationalities that we
> have here," organizers said in a written statement.
>
> The statement cited anti-Israel protests before one of Peer's matches
> at a recent tournament in New Zealand.
>
> But this is not the first time the UAE has barred Israeli tennis
> players. Last year, an Israeli men's doubles team was denied entry.
> The emirate also cited security concerns then.
>
> In a statement posted on the Tennis Channel's site, Peer thanked the
> cable channel for its decision.
>
> "I was very moved and excited to hear about your decision not to
> broadcast the Dubai tournament following their denial to allow me to
> participate in the event," she wrote. "You at Tennis Channel were the
> first ones to add action to the words and this is leading the way to
> other organizations as well.
>
> "All I want is to play tennis and do well. I believe you are helping
> me to do exactly this."

Good on TTC.


 
Date: 19 Feb 2009 09:47:23
From: Iceberg
Subject: Re: Tennis Channel won't air Dubai tournament
"Superdave" <the.big.rst.kahuna@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:m13qp4p6uh8c3n1jkqjiinbk7bapmiq5mm@4ax.com...
> Tennis Channel won't air Dubai tournament
>
> * United Arab Emirates denies visa to Israeli tennis player Shahar
> Peer
> * Tennis Channel: Sport should be 'driving force for inclusion ... on
> and off the courts'
> * Wall Street Journal Europe drops sponsorship of Barclays Dubai
> Tennis tourney
> * Peer thanks channel: 'I was very moved and excited to hear about
> your decision'
>
> (CNN) -- The Tennis Channel has canceled plans to broadcast a
> tournament in Dubai because an Israeli player was banned.
>
> Shahar Peer, the 45th-ranked women's player according to the World
> Tennis Association, qualified to compete in this week's Barclays Dubai
> Tennis Championships but was denied a visa by the United Arab
> Emirates. Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the UAE.
>
> The cable network had planned to air parts of the tournament this
> weekend.
>
> "Tennis Channel recognizes that this exclusion has been made by state
> authorities and neither the tour nor tournament directors themselves,"
> said a statement posted on the channel's Web site Wednesday. "However
> we also honor the role and proud tradition that tennis has always
> played as a driving force for inclusion both on and off the courts.
>
> "Preventing an otherwise qualified athlete from competing on the basis
> of anything other than merit has no place in tennis or any other
> sport, and has the unfortunate result of undermining the credibility
> of the very nature of competition itself."
>
> The announcement comes the same day The Wall Street Journal Europe
> announced it is dropping its sponsorship of the tournament.
>
> "The Wall Street Journal's editorial philosophy is free markets and
> free people, and this action runs counter to the Journal's editorial
> direction," the Journal said in a written statement.
>
> The paper also said it plans to cancel a special tennis-themed
> advertising section scheduled for Monday and its backing of a men's
> tournament in Dubai scheduled for next week.
>
> After days of international criticism, including the WTA saying it
> would review whether the UAE should be allowed to host future
> tournaments, the event's organizers said Peer was barred from the
> tournament for her own protection, apparently alluding to Israel's
> recent military offensive in Gaza.
>
> "We do not wish to politicize sports, but we have to be sensitive to
> recent events in the region and not alienate or put at risk the
> players and the many tennis fans of different nationalities that we
> have here," organizers said in a written statement.
>
> The statement cited anti-Israel protests before one of Peer's matches
> at a recent tournament in New Zealand.
>
> But this is not the first time the UAE has barred Israeli tennis
> players. Last year, an Israeli men's doubles team was denied entry.
> The emirate also cited security concerns then.
>
> In a statement posted on the Tennis Channel's site, Peer thanked the
> cable channel for its decision.
>
> "I was very moved and excited to hear about your decision not to
> broadcast the Dubai tournament following their denial to allow me to
> participate in the event," she wrote. "You at Tennis Channel were the
> first ones to add action to the words and this is leading the way to
> other organizations as well.
>
> "All I want is to play tennis and do well. I believe you are helping
> me to do exactly this."

Wow, Dubai this year is going to be a really good tournament, no Fed or
Nadal, no Peer, no sponsorship or TV!



  
Date: 19 Feb 2009 18:38:09
From: Stapler
Subject: Re: Tennis Channel won't air Dubai tournament
"Iceberg" <iceberg.rules@googlemail.com > wrote in message
news:LU9nl.37184$Sp5.32450@text.news.virginmedia.com...
>
> Wow, Dubai this year is going to be a really good tournament, no Fed or
> Nadal, no Peer, no sponsorship or TV!


Fucker. Go cry to your Arab racist friends.



   
Date: 20 Feb 2009 15:04:07
From: only human
Subject: Re: Tennis Channel won't air Dubai tournament

And the stupid William sisters play any way. all they care about is
money and fame. this is just more evidence of their
stupidity. and shame on the other wta players who played.