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At the international swimming tournament, an Israeli swimmer was jeered


<p>Anastasia Gorbenko, an Israeli, dismissed jeers from the spectators during Sunday’s global swimming championships in Doha.</p>
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<p>Gorbenko won silver in the 400-meter freestyle, but both at the post-race poolside interview and when she walked up to pick up her medal, the spectators in Qatar whistled.</p>
<p>“I’ve been here for a week; it’s not my first time,” she said.</p>
<p>“Despite wearing earplugs and being in my zone, I’ve heard all of these sounds.</p>
<p>“I’m here to represent my nation and do what I love, which is play sports.</p>
<p>It’s not the first or last instance. I’m here to swim, after all, and that’s what I do best.”</p>
<p>She continued: “Whoever doesn’t like it it’s not my problem, we’re here to do sport.”</p>
<p>She added that even with the negative response, she had no hesitations about walking up to pick up her medal.</p>
<p>“I earned my spot on the podium through hard work and deserve it; there’s no way I would miss it due to a few small children.”</p>
<p>“I’m proud to be here, I’m proud to be an Israeli and represent my country here.”</p>
<p>She claims that throughout her time in Qatar, she has felt completely protected.</p>
<p>“We have a lot of security around us at all times, both Israeli and Qatari, so safety is the first thing that they consider before coming here.”</p>
<p>It’s just a game. Politics and sports, in my opinion, should be kept apart. However, it has an emotional impact on me; I’ve had a difficult week and expected more of myself.</p>
<p>“So to be able to stand on the podium at the end of the week means a lot to me as an athlete and gives me a confidence boost in this Olympic year.”</p>
<p>While her nation is engaged in a conflict with Hamas that has lasted for four months, she was taking home the first medal for Israel at the championships.</p>
<p>An AFP calculation of Israeli government numbers indicates that 1,160 persons in Israel lost their lives as a consequence of Hamas’s October 7 onslaught, which marked the start of the Gaza conflict. The majority of the casualties were civilians.</p>
<p>According to Israeli statistics, militants also grabbed roughly 250 captives; 130 of them are still in Gaza, including 30 who are thought to be dead.</p>
<p>The health ministry reports that at least 28,985 individuals have died as a result of Israel’s retaliatory shelling and ground invasion in Gaza, the majority of them were women and children.</p>


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