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Iranian boycotts swim race at world championships over Israeli swimmer

Israeli Swim team expresses disappointment after Iranian competitor withdraws from heat against Gal Nevo at world championships.

Israeli team: 'Iranian behaving like a child'

Avinoam Porat
Published: 07.25.11

The Israeli swim team has expressed disappointment after an Iranian competitor withdrew from a heat against one of its athletes at the world championships.

Mohammed Alirezaei of Iran did not start a heat that also featured Gal Nevo of Israel in the 100-meter breaststroke Sunday.

"Unfortunately, this is what usually happens – it's crazy," Yitzhak Kramer, the head of the Israeli delegation, told The Associated Press on Monday. "This competition is about sport, not politics, and you need to separate the two. That's what is supposed to be nice about sport."

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Added: Jul-26-2011 Occurred On: Jul-26-2011
By: aydeo
Iran, Other Middle East
Tags: swim race, world championships, Israel, Iran,
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