Indonesia faces expulsion from Tennis Federation
19:32' 22/03/2007 (GMT+7)
Indonesia's refusal to play Israel in the Fed Cup tie last year could risk expulsion by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) if it fails to pay the fine, local press said Thursday.
Indonesia faces 29,100 U.S. dollars ITF fine for the refusal and is given deadline until April 5, reported the English daily The Jakarta Post.
Indonesian Tennis Association (Pelti) chairwoman Martina Widjaja has warned that the amount is "simply beyond the association's capability."
"If we fail to pay the fine, we could be expelled from the ITF and no longer be able to play in the Fed Cup, Davis Cup or other international and multi-sports events sanctioned by the ITF," she was quoted as saying.
Indonesia pulled out from the competition in Israel last year under instruction from the Foreign Affairs Ministry in protest over Israel's heightened military actions in the Gaza Strip, the newspaper said.
Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, has no diplomatic ties with Israel.