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UAE gives WTA written assurance of Pe'er's visa

WTA given written assura

The United Arab Emirates provided written confirmation to the WTA that it will allow Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer to play at a tournament in Dubai next month. Peer was denied entry into the UAE last year, apparently because of anti-Israel sentiments in the Gulf state following a three-week war between Israel and Islamic militants in Gaza. "The tour has received written confirmation from the UAE Ministry of Interior that she will be able to enter and participate in the event without incident," WTA spokeswoman Katie Scott said Wednesday. The Dubai Tennis Championships starts on February 15. Last year, the tournament was fined $300,000 for denying the visa and was made to promise to meet other requirements.
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