Friday, August 22, 2008

An Ironic Moment

[I am back since it is more difficult not to write]

In an ironic moment of history Hadi Saei, an alderman in Tehran’s city council and a reformist, won Iran’s only gold medal in Beijing Olympics. Iranian athletes achieved only two bronzes and one gold medal. Although many hold international titles, particularly in wrestling, Iranian athletes’ achievements are not as expected or promised.

A frustrated public and many infuriated fans put the blame squarely on the government’s door. Numerous bloggers and fans used every opportunity to criticize Vice President AliAbadi, the chairman of National Organization for Sports, and to some extend Mr. Kaffashian, head of Iran’s National Olympic Committee. This was the costliest attendance in Iran’s history with a budget of 300 billion Rials, or 30 million USD.

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