Two Saudi badminton players forfeited a match at an international tournament in Ukraine on Friday instead of playing against an Israeli opponent, i24news reports.
Israeli Max Grinblat is competing at the junior international series in Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine.
In a Facebook post, he said that when he saw that he and his Ukrainian partner would meet two Saudis in the semi-final, he expected them to announce their withdrawal from the match.
“All day I wondered if [the Saudis] would turn up or not and how the situation would pan out,” Grinblat wrote.
The Saudis did not choose to cancel the match in advance, however, and Grinblat continued to the arena.