No announcement has been made regarding the Andy Ram’s visa to Dubai.
February 19, 2009 2:31 by Dana El Baltaji
An American congressman has been assured by Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE’s ambassador to the United States that Israeli tennis player Andy Ram will be given a visa to Dubai in order to play in next week’s Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, reports The New York Times. “I’ve gotten the assurance from the ambassador,” said Anthony D. Weiner, a democrat from New York.
“It was my sense from the ambassador that he was looking to do the right thing, but that’s small consolation to Miss Peer. He understood that they had made a mistake and they had a public relations problem,” he added.
This is a public relations mess. Kipp can’t wait to see how Dubai will handle the male Israeli player. If Dubai denies him entry, then the Emirate is in trouble with the world press and the tennis associations; if it doesn’t, then it’ll be accused of being sexist Israeli-sympathizers. It looks like a no-win situation.