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Protest threat forces closed-door Israel-Spain water polo match

AFP  |  Barcelona 

The Spanish and Israeli women's water teams will compete behind closed doors in on Tuesday after Palestinian activists and a far-left party threatened protests against the match.

The change drew protests from Israel's Olympic Committee, which voiced its "displeasure" and slammed the "discrimination" against its delegation in a letter seen by AFP from its sent to Alejandro Blanco, of the

The global BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement that promotes boycotts against and the far-left had called on their and feeds to protest against the match.

It was due to take place in Molins de Rei near as part of the Water World League.

On Saturday, the town's club that was hosting the match announced that organisers had decided to change the location "for logistical and security reasons", without specifying a new venue.

On Tuesday, just a few hours before the match, Spain's federation announced it would finally take place behind closed doors at 1800 GMT in Sant Cugat del Valles in the suburbs of

"We always want to safeguard the safety of international competitions," it said in a statement.

The federation said it also wanted "the sporting spectacle to prevail over any other consideration", adding the decision was taken with the Israeli delegation.

In its letter, the disagreed.

"I think that when a hosting country discriminates athletes of another country on the ground of race, religion, gender or political opinion, this country loses its right to host any kind of sport competition," Lustig said.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 01:00 IST