Kuwait expressed “pride” over its star Taekwondo athlete who lost the chance for an international championship because he refused to play against an Israeli in a contest of the marital art whose students’ oath is to “build a more peaceful world.”

Kuwaiti taekwondo federation chairman Waleed el-Mirshad praised Abdullah el-Farhood for withdrawing from the Trelleborg Open 2013 Sweden on Saturday rather than having to play in a contest with a Zionist.

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“The move comes in harmony with the State of Kuwait’s deep-rooted policy of boycotting Israel,” he said.

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