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Iranian Sportswomen Boycott Games Over Veil Ban

Iranian women at a rally addressed by President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (file photo) (Fars) October 25, 2006 -- Iran's female karate team is to boycott December's Asian Games after the Asian Karate Federation refused to approve the wearing of Islamic head scarves during fights.

A spokesperson for the Iranian Karate Federation Jabar Pur-Hosseini, explained that the ban was imposed due to a "technical matter" related to what would be done if the garment were to slip during a bout.


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