Even the Israelis on his team are perplexed by the perceived bigotry. the Israel Swimming Associations is denying the prejudice but this article poses the right questions.
If the allegations are true, this is a black mark on the Israeli swimming body.
From an Israeli news outlet known as Ynet News::
The nationalistic undertone is not new to Israel's swim scene. Swimmer Gal Nevo said after beating his Syrian and Lebanese competitors during last summer's world championships in Shanghai that "Every Israeli knows you must defeat Arabs."
"When I heard what Gal said, I was shocked," Qupty recalled. "Why does it matter if you're competing against a Jewish, an Arab or an Indian?"
Officials at the Greater Jerusalem Swimming Club, to which Qupty belongs, speculated that Ganiel was picked because he belongs to the Hapoel Jerusalem team, which is said to be groomed by the Israel Swimming Association's president, Noam Zvi.
"It's unacceptable for the association to forgo our fastest swimmer due to politics," Greater Jerusalem Swimming Club Chairman Manu Maye said
Officials at the Israel Swimming Associations denied discriminating against Qupty.