Iran General NewsIran could face action over no-show at swimming

Iran could face action over no-show at swimming


ImageAFP: Iran could face action from the IOC if it deliberately pulled out of the Olympic men's 100m breaststroke heats because an Israeli was also racing, Olympic officials said Sunday.

ImageBEIJING (AFP) — Iran could face action from the IOC if it deliberately pulled out of the Olympic men's 100m breaststroke heats because an Israeli was also racing, Olympic officials said Sunday.

Iranian swimmer Mohammad Alirezaei's lane one was empty when the field left the starting blocks on Saturday as Israel's Tom Beeri, starting in lane seven, finished fourth.

International Olympic Committee spokeswoman Giselle Davies said she was unaware of the facts, but reiterated IOC policy.

"I wouldn't specifically comment on this incident," she said.

"Under the spirit of respect and fairplay, if it is confirmed that he deliberately pulled out then the IOC would take it seriously."

Israel, the Middle East region's sole if undeclared nuclear power, considers Iran its main strategic threat because of its nuclear programme and repeated predictions of the Jewish state's demise by senior Iranian leaders.

During the 2004 Athens Olympics, Iran's judo world champion Arash Miresmaeili, a prominent gold medal hope, refused to compete against Ehud Vaks of Israel in the first round out of solidarity for the Palestinian cause.

Miresmaeili, twice a winner of the flyweight world title, still received a 5,000-dollar award the Iranian National Olympic Committee had promised to medal winners and he was hailed by former President Mohammad Khatami for his stance.

Beeri made no mention of Alirezaei's non-appearance after the race.

There had been reports that Iran would compete against Israel at these Olympic Games for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

The Iranian National Olympic Committee (INOC) had said that as there was "no face-to-face situation" in swimming there would be no problem in attending the competition.

"Alirezaei swims in lane one and the representative of the Zionist regime (Israel) in lane seven, so they will not face each other," INOC secretary Ali Kafashian told ISNA news agency prior to the race.

According to ISNA, also the country's sports organisation, which is part of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government, had confirmed that there would no be boycott in the race.

Latest news

Iran Regime’s Ministry of Culture’s Decision To Eliminate Children’s Intellectual Centers

With the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’ which took place between 1980 and 1983, the Iranian regime tried to purge the...

Water Shortage Crisis and the Destruction of Iran’s Water Resources

Iran is currently suffering from a number of dangerous natural disasters. One of the most worrying is the drying...

Economic Freedom Under the Rule of the Mullahs in Iran

The Fraser institute published its annual report of the index of economic freedom on September 8, which measured the...

Iran’s Regime Continues Its Internet Restriction Project

This is part of the outlook of a document by the Iranian regime’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace, which has...

Iran’s Human Development Index Dropped Sharply

One of the most common questions asked in primary schools by teachers all over the world is, “wealth or...

Narcotics Iran Regime’s Income Source for Terrorism

Besides Iran’s malign activities, such as its regional interference, and missile and nuclear projects, drug trafficking plays a major...

Must read

Iran may cut gasoline imports by 75%, IEA says

Bloomberg: Iran, facing international sanctions over its nuclear energy...

30 juveniles on death row in prisons in Iran capital

Iran Focus: Tehran, Jan. 16 – At least 30...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you