World Jewish Congress: Bar Iranians From The Olympics

Posted on

"World Jewish Congress: Bar Iranians From The Olympics"

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) asked the International Olympic Committee to bar Iranian athletes from participating in the 2012 Olympic games in London. The WJC, an international federation of Jewish communities, cited Iran’s record of not participating in events that also featured Israeli athletes. “Iran’s behavior is unsportmanlike and smacks of anti-Semitism,” said WJC president Ronald Lauder. Last week, an Iranian swimmer backed out of a race against an Israeli saying he was “tired and drowsy.” Iranian sports officials have said athletes should not compete in events alongside Israelis.

Tags:

« »

By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the ThinkProgress Privacy Policy and agree to the ThinkProgress Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.