SINGAPORE — Iran was accused of putting politics before sports at the inaugural Youth Olympics by withdrawing from a taekwondo final against Israel on Sunday.
The dispute came the same day Iran's girls' soccer team beat Papua New Guinea 1-0 after reaching a compromise on Islamic head scarves.
Iran's girls were finally able to concentrate on soccer in the six-team tournament. FIFA, the sport's governing body, agreed to let them wear a head covering, long-sleeved shirt and leggings. Fatemeh Ardestani scored two minutes into the second half.