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Iran throw basketball game to not play Israel?

isitme

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They were just saying on the news that Iran threw their basketball semi final cos they didn't want to play Israel in the final
 

coccinelle

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They were due to play the US, I understand. And only if they had won that round, they might have met the Israeli team. It's just the Israeli press that seems to be spinning it into antisemitism. Probably more they didn't want to play the US.
 

isitme

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They were due to play the US, I understand. And only if they had won that round, they might have met the Israeli team. It's just the Israeli press that seems to be spinning it into antisemitism. Probably more they didn't want to play the US.
the BBC said it on the news
 

JTG

Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.
Iranian athletes are lionised if they refuse to play Israeli competitors, even if it means having to scratch from tournaments.
 

coccinelle

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As it turns out, Canada beat Israel.

Canada and Israel were due to play at 9am with the US/Iran match to follow at 11 am. Iran TV had scheduled to air the match live. But the order of the games was switched at the last moment for no apparent reason and Iran objected. So they pulled out.
 

London_Calling

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I might be more inclined to accept the BBC theory if they were actually due to be playing Israel, rather than a team they're play before Israel (if they win) and if Israel beat the them they're playing.
 

isitme

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The BBC story was that they deliberately lost the game, from the footage they were delibaretely losing the game
 
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