Sunday, August 10, 2008
Iran Swimmer pulls out, as he has to race Israeli.
Olympics are political, they are nationalistic events.
Iranian swimmer Mohammad Alirezaei pulled out of the men’s 100m breaststroke minutes before he was due to compete against Israel’s Tom Beeri, who finished fourth.
I.O.C. Says Iran May Face Discipline in Israel Swimming Incident
Iran may face action from the International Olympic Committee if its swimmer deliberately pulled out of the men’s 100m breaststroke heats because an Israeli was also racing, Olympic officials said Sunday.
“Under the spirit of respect and fair play, if it is confirmed that he deliberately pulled out then the IOC would take it seriously,” IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies told Agence France-Presse.
Beeri made no mention of the non-appearance after the race.
Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency said that Alirezaei pulled out because of illness.
Iran has not competed against Israel at the Olympic Games since the 1979 revolution.
The Iranian National Olympic Committee (INOC) said earlier Saturday that there would be no issue with Alirezaei attending the competition.
Yeah right. Ill my ass. He was probably had death threats if he entered the water with an Israeli.