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Egypt Pulls Swimming Team From Qatar Championships

In an act of protest towards Qatar's continuous backing of Islamist groups, Egypt is boycotting a sports tournament.

Relations between Egypt and Qatar have been frosty for a while and now Egypt has taken more actions to express their dismay with the Gulf state for their behavior towards them sincee June 30th. On Tuesday, Egypt pulled out its short-course swimming team out of the world championship taking place in Doha in December to boycott Qatar for backing the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the events of last year and until present day. The UAE and Bahrain already pulled out their swimming teams out of the tournament in protest of Qatar's backing of Islamist groups.

The decision to boycott was made by the Egyptian Swimming Federation without consulting the Egyptian Sports Minister. However, head of the federation Yasser Idriss said the Federation would accept any punishment that may be inflicted for pulling out. On January 15th, 2015, the Egyptian handball team is set to compete in the 2015 Handball World Championships, also in Doha, which now seems uncertain.