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Sweden replaces Israel in Bali

Tel Aviv (Israel), July 4th, 2013

Eitan Levy (President Isr. Bridge Fed.)The national Israeli women's team ended up sixth in the last European Championships (Dublin, Ireland, 12-26 June 2012), thus qualifying to take part in the forthcoming World Championships (Bali, Indonesia, 14-18 September 2013). However, the Israeli Bridge Federation (IBF) withdrew the team: Sweden, which ended up seventh in Dublin, will play in its place.

Eitan Levy, President of the IBF, explained his decision in a short essay posted on Facebook. Mr Levy authorised us to publish it here. Here is a summary of the main facts about the withdrawal of the Israel Ladies team. For months the Israel Bridge Federation repeatedly requested instructions from the Indonesians on obtaining visas for the Israeli team. Most of the requests were simply ignored and when a reply was received it was of the type “we are dealing with the matter”.

We requested the help of the WBF, who contacted the Indonesian authorities but this also resulted in a standard reply. We also repeatedly asked for contact details in order to discuss security issues. This request was repeatedly and completely ignored. Finally, about a month ago, we were told that we could obtain visas provided that we paid for the flight and expenses of two representatives of the Indonesian Bridge Federation to fly from Indonesia to Bangkok or Singapore where they would meet the Israelis and obtain visas for them. We doubt that the extra imposition and expense were required of any other participant.

Again the question of security was ignored. After further correspondence we were told that the person in charge of security was still unavailable! Security is an important issue for us, and probably also for other participants. How is it possible that for months the person dealing with security is unavailable? We replied and made it clear that security was an essential element of our participation, but received no reply. At no stage did we ask for armed security – we simply had no one to talk to or to talk to us, so security could not even be discussed at a basic level.
We then received a letter from the WBF asking us for a decision on whether the Israel team would participate as the deadline for registration was approaching. As the person responsible for security was still not available, and due to the lack of cooperation from the Indonesian official and bridge authorities we regret that we were left with no choice but to withdraw our team. We have expressed our displeasure to the WBF, especially on the choice of venue.

And finally – good luck to the Swedish team. We hope you do well. We’ll be cheering for you!
Eitan Levy (President, IBF)

Contributed by Laura Camponeschi for NewInBridge



Shame On Indonesia....

Shame on Indonesia (the country, its government, and the individuals involved in hosting the world bridge championships).

Your racists, unprofessional, and irresponsible behavior as a host nation towards the Israeli bridge team is inexcusable.

Their is cause or reason for your bigotry, racism, and lack of responsible behavior as the host nation for the event.

Shame on you!

Becoming aware of this

Becoming aware of this incident only a few days ago I have written my fellow members of the WBF Executive Council asking that this decision NOT stand. What can be done? The team can be invited as an added team with security and visa issues solved asap. I have written to Eitan and expressed my personal apology and regret. I hope others feel the same. The matter is not over.

Alvin Levy
Executive Vice President, WBF
Board of Directors, ACBL

I am still hoping you can change things?

Dear Alvin Levy,

I can only hope that you have some influence on the executive committee that you are a member of.

Giving the Israeli Ladies entry into another prestigious competition is no compensation for the Venice Cup, I find it insulting even that Mr Rony thinks it may be enough ... it doesn't come close, the Israeli ladies qualified and as such deserve to take their rightful places at the bridge tables in Bali and shame on the WBF if this does not happen!

The frustrating part is: I can do nothing but sit and watch this grave injustice take place! Please do all you can to help right this wrong?

kind regards Tracy (bridge nut!)

Israeli Bridge Team

Dear Mr. Levy -

The resolution is totally unacceptable. If the WBF cannot guarantee an Israeli team in the Venice Cup, 1) move the venue, or 2( cancel the event.

Failing this I will campaign to have the ACBL disassociate itself from the WBF.

Robert Rosenblum

I have read the particular

I have read the particular essay that was published in Facebook lately and I was really interested to read that post. I've made my own essay interpretation on it and I also included the article source to avoid claims and disputes.

They better make more

They better make more practice for their next match up. I'd be happy to assist them by providing paper writing services getting grades for you are while they are training.

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