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Things Going Swimmingly For The Bad Sports Of Iran

It seems the Iranians are not just really bad sports. They are also really bad liars.

Mohammad AlirezaeiThe Iranian swimmer who withdrew from a heat featuring an Israeli at the world championships maintains the move was not political.

“My flight was exactly the day before my race, so I was so tired and drowsy. Because I had to wait for my visa,” Mohammed Alirezaei told AP two days after not starting a 100-metre breaststroke heat that featured Gal Nevo of Israel.

Speaking after completing his 50m breaststroke heat on Tuesday, Alirezaei added that he had “no problem” competing against Israeli athletes, saying he did so at junior worlds.

However, Alirezaei also pulled out of an event against another Israeli, Tom Beeri, in the 100m breaststroke at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee accepted the explanation then that he was ill.

Alirezaei said the fact that both withdrawals came against Israelis was merely a coincidence.

Asked about the latest withdrawal, IOC president Jacques Rogge told AP on Monday: “I’m sure knowing the rules of FINA, the athletes will have to explain why and that most likely the athletes will have to come up with very good reasons.”

I guess there is some truth to his explanation in that Israelis make him sick.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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