Snooker players from Israel, and Iran, compete at WST Pro Series

Eden Sharav, a Scottish-raised player with Israeli roots, played against Iranian Soheil Vahedi. A rare event as usually Iranian athletes shun Israelis.

Student practices at World Snooker College in Beijing, China, April 29, 2017. (photo credit: IRIS ZHAO/ REUTERS)
Student practices at World Snooker College in Beijing, China, April 29, 2017.
(photo credit: IRIS ZHAO/ REUTERS)
Iranian snooker player Soheil Vahedi competed against Scottish-Israeli player Eden Sharav at the WST Pro Series on Sunday and won 2:1.
The match commenced despite the long-standing policy by Iranian athletes not to compete against Israelis. 
Raised in his maternal homeland Scotland, Sharav is also an Israeli who still stays in touch with his Jerusalem-based father.
His parents got divorced when he was young and he has been studying Hebrew in his spare time, Ynet reported five years ago.
While snooker, like chess, poker and bowling, is not usually seen as a physically demanding sport, Sharav keeps in excellent physical condition and works out at the gym daily despite honing his skills for many hours per day.
It is possible Vahedi was not aware that his Scottish-raised, and fellow UK citizen, was an Israeli at all.
However, it was a welcomed civil moment around the pool table.