Iran denies athletes will compete against Israelis - Israel Culture, Ynetnews

   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
London Games

Iranian Olympic delegation Photo: Reuters
Iranian Olympic delegation Photo: Reuters

Iran denies athletes will compete against Israelis

Fars news agency describes report as 'satanic', says head of Iranian Olympic Mission said nothing on the matter

Dudi Cohen
Published: 07.24.12, 14:05 / Israel Culture

Iranian media on Tuesday denied a report quoting the head of the Iranian Olympic Mission as saying that Iranian athletes will compete against Israelis at the London Games.


"In a satanic step, Zionist media published the words of the head of Iran's Olympic Mission who announced that the Iranian athletes will compete against the Zionist regime's representatives at the Olympics," a Fars news agency report said. The report was quoted by other Iranian media outlets.


Related stories:


Fars claimed the Bahram Afsharzadeh's words were taken out of context. "He said nothing on the matter and did not name Israel," Fars said.


Afsharzadeh's statements gained widespread attention around the world Monday after the Associated Press suggested they were a sign that Tehran was changing its traditional boycott policy against Israeli athletes.


The statements appear to be a carefully planned move by Iran aiming to show a peaceful exterior amid the ongoing conflict between Iran and the West. The Iranians might also have taken into account the fact that an actual Iranian-Israeli face-off was unlikely to occur at the London Games.




commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Bookmark to

29 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load


RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions