Iran Bans Weightlifter for Life Over Handshake With Israeli

Voice of America News reports: “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, state media reported.

Mostafa Rajaei, who is his 40s, shook hands with Israeli weightlifter Maksim Svirsky on Saturday after they both stood on the podium at a World Masters championship in Wieliczka, Poland.

‘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,’ the body announced in a statement cited by state news agency IRNA.

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

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