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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sports Boycott Of Israel

Iran's double gold olympic champion, Arash Miresmaeili, favourite for the 2004 olympics - he forfeited his gold medal for boycotting Israel. Then he was threatened with sanctions from the International Judo Federation but he stood his ground:

"Although I have trained for months and am in shape, I refused to face my Israeli rival in sympathy with the oppressed Palestinian people . . . I am not upset about the decision I have made..."

Arash Miresmaeli
- A truly honourable sportsman