Malaya Follows Indonesian Lead, Bans Visas for Israeli Athletes

Israeli sports officials expressed bitterness today over the second ban by a Moslem country on Israeli athletes invited to participate in overseas contests.

Malaya followed the precedent of Indonesia by canceling visas of Israeli athletes invited to compete in a soccer tourney at Kuala Lumpur opening September 8 as part of Malaya’s celebrations of independence. Two weeks ago, Indonesia declined to send entry permits to members of an Israeli team invited to participate in the Fourth Asian Games at Jakarta.

Malaya has no diplomatic ties with Israel, and visas were issued two weeks ago to 23 Israelis through the British Consulate in Tel Aviv which represents Malayan interests in Israel. The team had been scheduled to fly to Malaya tonight.

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