KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27, 2015:

World Sailing, an association representing the sport, today announced its plans to probe Malaysia’s reported refusal to allow two Israeli windsurfers and their coach visas to compete at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Langkawi.

This was because all international sailors must be allowed to compete.

Its president, Carlo Croce, said in a statement that a member of its executive body was travelling to Malaysia to seek clarification from the Malaysian organising authority.

“World Sailing expects the organising authority of its events to allow sailors from all nations to compete on an equal basis,” Croce added in the statement, according to the Associated Press news agency.

“This expectation is made clear in the bid process and is set out in the contractual documentation governing our events.

“As with all diplomatic issues, this is quite a delicate matter.

“World Sailing is aware of the current commentary in the public arena, and have reason to believe that some of the comments may not be accurate or possibly based on misunderstandings,” Croce was reported as saying in Israeli-based i24 News.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was earlier reported on Malay Mail Online as saying that Malaysia had to abide by Malaysia’s current diplomatic policy.

Israel is one of the few countries which Malaysia had yet to establish diplomatic ties with.

According to the report, the Israel Sailing Association decided Wednesday not to send the windsurfers and their coach to the competition after organisers did not agree to allowing them to compete with the Israeli flag or play the national anthem.

The association announced windsurfers Yoav Omer and Noy Drihan and coach Meir Yaniv would not be attending the championship in Langkawi.

The association’s union, according to the report, had sent a message to the International Sailing Federation, the International Olympic Committee, the organisers of the competition in Malaysia and the Olympic Committee of Israel.

Israel Sailing Association head Gili Amir had condemned the actions of the organising committee, saying it would not accept being humiliated.

The association was also looking into making a claim against the International Sailing Federation and the host country, in coordination with the Olympic Committee of Israel.

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