Egypt pull out of Qatar's world event

Team withdrawn from the world short-course swimming championship to be held in Doha next month.

    Egypt's Farida Osman picked up seven gold medals in the 2011 Arab Games in Doha [AFP]
    Egypt's Farida Osman picked up seven gold medals in the 2011 Arab Games in Doha [AFP]

    Egypt has withdrawn its team from the world short-course swimming championships to be held in Qatar.

    Swimming's governing body, FINA, says it "regrets the Egyptian Swimming Federation decision to not take part'' in the December 3-7 event.

    Egypt is the third Middle East country within days to boycott a Qatari-hosted sports world championship.

    Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates pulled teams which qualified for the 24-nation men's handball worlds starting January 15. Egypt remains in that tournament.

    Bahrain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia recalled their ambassadors from Doha in March to protest apparent Qatari support for Islamist groups across the region, including the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

    FINA says without Egypt, the short-course world championships will have a record 900 athletes from 170 countries competing.

    SOURCE: AP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From Zimbabwe to England: A story of war, home and identity

    The country I saw as home, my parents saw as oppressors

    What happens when you reject the identity your parents fought for and embrace that of those they fought against?

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    One woman shares the story of her life with polycystic kidney disease and sees parallels with the plight of the planet.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.