Iran’s Ban on Com­pet­ing against Is­raeli Ath­letes

The Jewish Voice - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Editor:

Iran re­cently banned two soc­cer play­ers for life from play­ing for their coun­try be­cause they par­tic­i­pated in a match against Is­raelis. Iran pro­hibits Ira­nian ath­letes from com­pet­ing against Is­raeli ath­letes in any con­test. Is­rael can use Iran’s ban to its ad­van­tage by ask­ing Is­raeli vol­un­teers to join for­eign teams sched­uled to play against Ira­nian ath­letes. The ef­fect will be to ex­clude Iran from com­pet­ing against teams that ac­cept Is­raeli vol­un­teers. Per­haps irate Ira­nian fans will ex­press dis­plea­sure with their gov­ern­ment. Is­rael can prom­ise to end this pol­icy af­ter Iran re­scinds its threat to wipe Is­rael off the map. (Of course, Is­rael runs the risk of be­ing ac­cused of bad sports­man­ship.)

Sin­cerely Ted Sh­e­skin

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