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Originally posted by alternateheaven
If he has such a problem with Israel and the people, and is so renowed for his ability, why back down? Why not deal out a defeat and go on to claim the medal that he can supposedly get easily? And why reward the guy for backing out of competition? Usually withdrawing is a bad thing, at least when its for BS reasons and not a genuine one like a physical ailment, etc.
Originally posted by Ranger
I'm starting to get tired of this silly immature crap, yes I said immature because thats what it is. I have nothing else to say 'cept that this is unbelievably stupid. This guy doesn't impress me and now looks like a coward to the Israelies who are probably laughing at the guy. I've said this so many time on ATS about israeli and muslim fighting: GROW UP FOR F*** SAKE'S. Pisses me off to see such immaturity, I've seen small act children more mature than this.... ....I bet the people who continue this nonsense would consider it blasphemy for me to even suggest the concept living in peace and respect each other, I must be some kind of nut.
This kind of crap is not what the olympics are all about
Originally posted by Jazzerman
This is so childish. No matter what someone's religion is or their beliefs, behaving in this way is just immature. That Iranian doesn't deserve to be in the Olympic games if he acts this way. If he hates Israel so much, wouldn't it be better for him to beat them in the match rather than chickening out in such a cowardly way. He is a disgrace to everything the Olympics stand for, and the games are going to be much better without him.
Originally posted by flashburn
It's political garbage, plus they would feel a bit humiliated if Isreal beat the pants off of them. At least they don't beat and kill their athletes when they loose. Imagine the relief Iraq's olympic team must have felt when they learned of Uday's most fortunate end
Originally posted by zerotime
and some people wonder why most world countries do not want Iran to have nuclear technology...
Weeee! The usual anti-iranian garbage I have to read every day! A pitty that most people don't know that...
The 1980 Games were boycotted by 64 nations, led by the USA, to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on Dec 27, 1979.
zerotime, as a genius as you are I have to assume from your brilliant statement that we should better take away all nuclear weapons from the USA, or?
Originally posted by Valhall
Nice try! but no cigar. If Iran wanted to make a political statement via its athletes, it would have followed suit of the 1980 games and boycotted...but it didn't. Instead, what this is is personal hatred and intolerance on the individual level.
Sorry...but this is bad form and you know it.
Originally posted by TexasConspiracyNut
If he didn't want to compete then why did he go there? Why didn't he just stay home? I don't get it. He trains for years to compete for his country then he refuses to compete. Did he think Israel would not show up. The man seems a bit nutty to me.
Originally posted by shoo
Basically his message is: I want to compete with people from all other nations and have no anger against them. But as the lot gave an Israeli athlet for competition I withdraw to express my disgust.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Ah, come on folks. Think about it. You live in Iran where poverty and repression are the order of the day. You are sent to Greece on a fabulous vacation to compete against the world's greatest athletes. You draw an Israeli to compete against. What luck! You don't have to compete to become an instant hero. You just make a political statement and go home to collect a king's ransom. No sweat, no gamble. It's a no-brainer.
Originally posted by bios
This is nothing but cowardice on the part of the Iranians - they are just trying to save face so that they don't have to be matched up with an opponent that they detest who would have probably whipped their athlete's butt.
This from a country that teaches it's school children that Israelis are monkeys with fangs that eat arab children.