First competitor in Israel marathon from an Arab country gets citizenship revoked.
Bahrein is revoking the citizenship of one of its runners for having participated in the Tiberias marathon in Israel. Mushir Jawar won this competition last Thursday in 2hours 13 minutes and 12 seconds. (Guysen.IsraÃƒÂ«l.News)
IF the winner did it in less than 2 hours he got $40k.
Tiberias Marathon salutes the North
The 30th Tiberias Marathon will be marked by a salute to the North. This race forms the peak of the annual Road running season. At the present it is the only full 42,195 Meter race in the country.
The organizing committee, composed of Tiberias municipality and the IAA representatives, has arranged for prize money totaling above $ 100,000. The winner â€“ man or woman- breaking the course record may win up to $ 40,000.
Senior runners from Ethiopia and Kenya have been invited and runners of high quality European runners will join up.
Medals produced on the occasion of the 30th edition of the race will be awarded to each participant.
Athlete stripped of Bahraini citizenship for competing in an Israeli marathon By Reem Khalifa ASSOCIATED PRESS
11:47 a.m. January 6, 2007
01/07 7:07 AM
MANAMA, Bahrain -- Authorities have revoked the Bahraini citizenship of an athlete who ran in an Israeli marathon, the nation's athletic union said Saturday.
Mushir Salem Jawher competed in and won the Tiberias Marathon in Israel on Thursday, ending the race in just over 2 hours and 13 minutes.
Bahrain, like most Arab states, does not recognize Israel, and the Jerusalem Post newspaper said Jawher was the first athlete from an Arab country to compete in an Israeli marathon.
Jawher was born in Kenya in 1978 and moved to Bahrain in 2003, according to the International Association of Athletics Federation. Some wealthy Arab states, such as Bahrain and Qatar, have a history of granting top-notch athletes citizenship in the hopes of racking up more wins in international competitions.
The Jerusalem Post cited Jawher as saying he was â€œvery proudâ€ to have run in Israel.
Bahrain's Athletic Union said in a statement Saturday that it had received the news that a Bahraini national competed in Israel with â€œshock and regret.â€
â€œThe union deeply regrets what the athlete has done,â€ the statement said. A committee of sport and government authorities decided to strike Jawher's name off the sport union records and strip him of his Bahraini nationality, the statement said. It said Jawher had entered Israel with his Kenyan passport and added that the runner's Bahraini citizenship was revoked because he had â€œviolated the laws of Bahrain.â€