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Seventy-eight players representing 40 countries will compete at the IBSF World Snooker Championships in Amman, Jordan, in November, but Israeli champion Roei Fernandez won't be going.
International Billiards and Snooker Federation chairman Pascal Guillaume sent a letter to his Israeli counterpart, Israel Pinhas, in which he wrote that it would be "not reasonable" to allow the Israeli to take part in the championships because of the security situation in the region.
"I really think that it looks really risky and not reasonable to invite you to participate in this event and I'm sorry about this situation," Guillaume wrote. "I personally believe that due to the local precarious situation and the present serious unrest that still exists between your country and Lebanon, the country of Jordan is certainly not the right place to guarantee the security of your players.
"I hope that you understand that it's my responsibility as President to take all necessary precautions to prevent any problems or any risks during this competition."
No other nation has received a similar letter, a fact that infuriated Pinhas. "It is clear to us that this decision is a political one," Pinhas wrote to Guillaume. "I think that your understanding of the Middle East situation is wrong and unfortunately you are giving in to terrorism."
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