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PoliCon
11-14-2010, 10:23 AM
by Chana Ya'ar

An Iranian athlete forced to stand next to Israel’s champion last month during the World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Poland has now forfeited his career, as has the head of his delegation.

The Iranian champion, Hossein Khodadadi, was the target of withering criticism from his own government authorities following the award ceremony for those in the 105 kilogram category for ages 35 to 39.

Khodadadi took his place as a silver medalist on the medals podium prior to the announcement that Israeli medalist Sergio Britva had won the gold. It was the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran that an Iranian athlete had appeared beside an Israeli in an official championship.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDecG6BWncA
The Iranian weightlifter said the team was not able to remove its flag from the hall, and that had he not attended the ceremony, the team would have been forced to return all the medals they had won on previous days. Furthermore, Iran would have been disqualified from future competitions.

To compensate, Khodadadi appeared in unofficial attire, and he declined to shake Britva’s hand when he extended it to his fellow athlete on the podium. Nevertheless, he stood respectfully during the playing of Israel’s national anthem, HaTikva.

Banned for Life

According to numerous Iranian media reports, both Khodadadi and Mir Rasool Raisi, head of the Iranian Delegation’s Weightlifting Team have paid a high price for their professionalism, having subsequently been banned by the Iranian government from all sport activities for life.

The ban was announced by Jalal Yahya-Zadeh, head of the Physical Education Committee for Youth Committee.

Yahya-Zadeh told Iranian media, “The fact that an Iranian weightlifting veteran has competed against an Israeli during the worldwide competitions and has stood beside him during the distribution of medals is unjustifiable. Unfortunately, those who supposedly had the primary responsibility in this regard did not see any problem in this matter, however, and did not see it fit to be distributed within the public, which itself is an obvious mistake on their end.”

Raisi allegedly said in prior remarks that all photos and CDs of the event had been destroyed by the Iranian expeditionary team, which apparently did not expect publicity of the incident to get out.

The committee said the Cultural Commissioners had been informed and the president had been alerted to the matter. It was not clear whether there would be further government retribution against the two professional athletes.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/140623?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

3rd-try
11-14-2010, 11:52 AM
...and we're supposed to tolerate and respect their culture?

Odysseus
11-14-2010, 12:18 PM
The Iranian weightlifter said the team was not able to remove its flag from the hall, and that had he not attended the ceremony, the team would have been forced to return all the medals they had won on previous days. Furthermore, Iran would have been disqualified from future competitions.

To compensate, Khodadadi appeared in unofficial attire, and he declined to shake Britvaís hand when he extended it to his fellow athlete on the podium. Nevertheless, he stood respectfully during the playing of Israelís national anthem, HaTikva.

Banned for Life

According to numerous Iranian media reports, both Khodadadi and Mir Rasool Raisi, head of the Iranian Delegationís Weightlifting Team have paid a high price for their professionalism, having subsequently been banned by the Iranian government from all sport activities for life.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/140623?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook
That behavior, trying to remove Iran's flag and demanding to be allowed not to stand next to the winner, and snubbing him when he offered his hand, doesn't strike me as "professionalism." I'm surprised that the organizers were willing to go as far as banning Iran from future competitions if he didn't show, since usually, these bodies are more than happy to screw over Israel, but if the Iranians felt that strongly about it, then they should have pulled out and taken the consequences, instead of punishing an athlete who was doing what he was told to do.

There's an important lesson in this, but it will be lost on those who are committed to appeasing Iran and the Muslim world. This demonstrates that Iran would rather have nothing, no silver medal, nol future participation in the games, than simply stand next to an Israeli in a peaceful setting, that it is just the existence of Jews in the world that sets them off. Remember that the next time that Ahmedinejad says that their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and some State Department tool concurs.

megimoo
11-14-2010, 12:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWkG7yuec0M&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWiJeBRx5YE&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dyns367ExE&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXIe5GbLSUs

PoliCon
11-14-2010, 10:30 PM
That behavior, trying to remove Iran's flag and demanding to be allowed not to stand next to the winner, and snubbing him when he offered his hand, doesn't strike me as "professionalism." I'm surprised that the organizers were willing to go as far as banning Iran from future competitions if he didn't show, since usually, these bodies are more than happy to screw over Israel, but if the Iranians felt that strongly about it, then they should have pulled out and taken the consequences, instead of punishing an athlete who was doing what he was told to do.

There's an important lesson in this, but it will be lost on those who are committed to appeasing Iran and the Muslim world. This demonstrates that Iran would rather have nothing, no silver medal, nol future participation in the games, than simply stand next to an Israeli in a peaceful setting, that it is just the existence of Jews in the world that sets them off. Remember that the next time that Ahmedinejad says that their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and some State Department tool concurs.

Was it him? Seems to me like he was doing what he had to do for himself and for the rest of the team. The Mullahs are the ones that are insane about Jews not so much the Iranian people.

Odysseus
11-14-2010, 11:03 PM
Was it him? Seems to me like he was doing what he had to do for himself and for the rest of the team. The Mullahs are the ones that are insane about Jews not so much the Iranian people.

He was the one who showed up in unofficial attire and wouldn't shake hands. He wouldn't even look at Britva, and left the podium before the anyone else did and walked out of the room. Maybe they forced him to behave that way, but he's the one who came off looking like a petulant child, and even that display of poor sportsmanship and bigotry wasn't enough for the mullahs, who clearly feel that just standing next to an Israeli, even if you snub him, is enough to taint an Iranian. The mullahs would rather have their team banned in perpetuity than let one member stand next to an Israeli for a couple of minutes.

This is the same mindset that Ahmedinejad displays when he says that he wants to wipe Israel off the map. Remember that Iran doesn't even share a common border with Israel. In order to wage war, they have to ship weapons around Saudi Arabia, or through Syria. A nation the size of New Jersey that is separated by hundreds of miles from them so offends their sensibilities that they have to spend billions of dollars on a program whose sole purpose is genocide.

PoliCon
11-15-2010, 12:13 AM
What do you imagine that the mullahs would have done to him and his family if he had been seen to shake the Israeli's hand? I honestly thing that this guy was traped in what was for him a bad situation.

Rockntractor
11-15-2010, 12:17 AM
What do you imagine that the mullahs would have done to him and his family if he had been seen to shake the Israeli's hand? I honestly thing that this guy was traped in what was for him a bad situation.


1. Trape

To be raped by a tramp or homeless person. Tramp rape = trape.
I was walking home from the pub shitfaced and I got ambushed and traped
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=trape

:confused:

megimoo
11-15-2010, 12:27 AM
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=trape

:confused:You have a very interesting mind !

Gingersnap
11-15-2010, 09:40 AM
What about that whole "sportsmanship" thingy? Have they heard of that? :confused:

PoliCon
11-15-2010, 10:16 PM
What about that whole "sportsmanship" thingy? Have they heard of that? :confused:

Islam does not believe in anything except islam. They could care less about sportsmanship.

SaintLouieWoman
11-16-2010, 09:38 AM
And these are the friendly people who tell their women wearing the hijab to not allow our TSA to search them at airports. :rolleyes: They're just those warm, friendly folks who wish the Christians and Jews nothing but harm.