Lebanese mixed martial arts fighter withdraws from competition to avoid facing Israeli athlete

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A young Lebanese athlete has withdrawn his participation in the 2022 International Mixed Martial Arts Youth Federation (IMMAF) World Championships in the United Arab Emirates to avoid facing an Israeli opponent, the Lebanese Arabic-language television channel Al-Manar reported.

Charbel Abou Daher has withdrawn from competition in Abu Dhabi after a draw placed him against Israeli athlete Yonatan Mak in the youth B weight class of 48 kilograms.

Nearly 500 athletes from 42 countries are competing this year in several divisions of the IMMAF World Youth Championships, which take place from August 17-20.

Daher’s withdrawal from competition comes after Iraqi tennis players Nasr Mahdi and Mohammad Al-Mahdi withdrew from the Bucharest Open 2022 wheelchair tennis tournament in Romania earlier in August after refusing to face two Israeli competitors , the Palestinian. Wafa reports the news agency.

In late July, Jordanian taekwondo player Maysir al-Dahamsheh withdrew from the World Cadet Taekwondo Championships in Bulgaria, after reaching the final, to avoid facing an Israeli rival.

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