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Iranian Swimmer Skips Race Against an Israeli

An allegedly anti-Israel boycott by an Iranian swimmer has set off a wave of recriminations in Israel.

The episode started yesterday, when Iranian sprinter Mohammed Alirezaei, rather than compete against Israeli swimmer Gal Nevo, skipped a 100-meter breast stroke heat at the world swimming championships in Shanghai.

Nevo, whose first name means “wave” in Hebrew, responded angrily to Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, saying it was time for FINA, the world swimming body, to “deal with” Alirezaei, who he said had boycotted races against Israelis twice before. (The Iranian swimmer skipped a race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics against Israeli swimmer Tom Beeri, citing illness — an explanation the International Olympic Committee accepted.)

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