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IN BRIEF : Pakistanis Skip Match With Israel

From Times wire services

Israeli sports officials today called for disciplinary action against a Pakistani team after it failed to show up for a match between the teams at the World Table Tennis Championships.

Pakistan was scheduled to play Israel in a second-round match but did not show up in time, according to organizers of the championship. Pakistan forfeited the match.

A Pakistani sports official said players had misread the time schedule.

But Shlomo Kedar, president of the Israel Table Tennis Assn., said he believed the team’s absence was deliberate.

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“Something must finally be done against our discrimination,” Kedar said.

Organizers said Kedar presented a letter to ITTF President Ichgiro Ogimura of Japan asking for a decision to end discrimination and called for disciplinary measures against countries that refuse to play Israel.


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