Roddick says “no” to Dubai

Posted on February 24, 2009

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I give tennis star Andy Roddick massive kudos on his recent decision to drop out of a tournament in Dubai in protest of the United Arab Emirates’ refusal to issue a visa to Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer. He says, “I don’t know if it’s the best thing to mix politics and sports, and that was probably a big part of it.” The UAE is being fined by the World Tennis Association, which is taking action to ensure that discrimination like this won’t be allowed in the future.

Roddick is the defending champion in that Dubai tournament, and he showed guts by publicly dropping out. It was absolutely the right move, as hatred and racism should have no place in the “pure” world of sports.

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