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Iranian Weightlifter Banned Over Handshake With Israeli Competitor

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An Iranian weightlifter has been given a lifetime ban by authorities in the Islamic republic after shaking hands with an Israeli competitor at an event in Poland.

According to report, Mostafa Rajaei, shook hands with Israeli weightlifter Maksim Svirsky on Saturday after they both stood on the podium at a World Masters championship in Wieliczka, Poland.

Iran does not recognize Israel, its sworn enemy, and prohibits all contact between Iranian and Israeli athletes.

The weightlifting federation bans athlete Mostafa Rajaei for life from entering all sports facilities in the country and dismisses the head of the delegation for the competition, Hamid Salehinia.

 

 

Written by: Helen Obih

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