The Iranians have once again tried to wipe themselves off the sporting map, with another of their athletes boycotting an event due to ZDS.
That’s Zionist Derangement Syndrome for the uninitiated.
An Iranian swimmer pulled out of the Olympic Games men’s 100m breaststroke heats on Saturday, just minutes before he was due to compete against an Israeli rival.
Mohammad Alirezaei’s lane one was empty when the field left the starting blocks while Israel’s Tom Beeri, starting in lane seven, finished fourth.
During the 2004 Athens Olympics, Iran’s judo world champion Arash Miresmaeili, one of the country’s prominent gold medal hopes, 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.
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.
And the Iranians are keeping up the pretense that there was no boycott. According to them, Alirezaei quite unexpectedly (and coincidentally) came down with some undisclosed serious illness that required medical attention.
Iranian swimmer Mohammad Alirezaei has pulled out of the Olympic Games on Saturday because of illness, MNA reported.
The 100-meter breaststroke swimmer was carried to a hospital in Beijing, according to the Iranian Swimming Federation officials.
Let me guess. He was poisoned by Zionists?
Update: This may explain Iran’s lame attempt to claim Alirezaei had an illness:
Iran could face action from the International Olympics Committee if it deliberately pulled out of the Olympic men’s 100m breaststroke heats because an Israeli was also racing, Olympic officials said on 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.”