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.