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Posted On June 20 , 2010
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The Right Stuff – On court, and off

Tennis superstar says she’ll defend her title in Dubai this year ONLY if her Israeli opponent Shahar Peer is given a visa

A recent BRIEF in the sports section of Newsday touts Venus William’s win over Israel ’s Shahar Peer in the semifinals of the Dubai Championships, an article that could have easily been missed or overlooked by the public in general.

The REAL headline –  which should have been given far greater press in a more obvious location came at the end of the blurb . . . Williams agreed to defend her title this year ONLY if the Israeli player was admitted to the Emirates!

As unbelievable as it should be in this day and age, the Israeli was DENIED a visa by United Arab Emirates authorities last year and could not participate.

It is also sad to hear that Ms. Peer had to be surrounded by guards and could play only on the most secure court – not Center Court –  all week.

Certainly, Ms. Williams deserves far greater recognition of her compassionate and selfless act. She stood up for her principles and put her professional position on the line in order to achieve her objective. Very few individuals would have had the guts to do what she did. For this, she should be commended and held up as a role model for other athletes and professionals who may have the opportunity one day to make a decision of this nature.

h/t – Bobbie

Comments (3)

  1. Denise Abramovitz-Canada says:

    It is amazing how one person make a significant change in the world and in opinion. Venus has shown strength of character in recognizing what is right. I always knew she was great! Now, I “honour” her.

  2. dan says:

    Thank you, the world needs more Venus Williams to be a better place.