USOC considering exchange program with Iran

April 26, 2007 03:31


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The United States has invited potential Olympic athletes from Iran to train in America, though a US regulation requiring foreign visitors to be fingerprinted could scuttle the plan. The US Olympic Committee and the State Department have joined the national governing bodies of wrestling, weightlifting and canoe and kayaking in welcoming the Iranian athletes to visit and work out at national facilities. The Iranian government has not yet accepted the invitations because of US regulations, passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, that require many foreigners to be fingerprinted in order to enter the country. "Iran's Physical Education Organization has agreed to dispatch Iranian teams to the American camps and competitions if the Iranian athletes are not fingerprinted while entering the country," Iranian Olympic Committee secretary general Ali Kaffashian said, according to the Iranian state news agency, IRNA.

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