Islamic games cancelled over Arab-Iran dispute

The world's second Islamic Solidarity Games has been cancelled the sports event planned for Iran amid a dispute.

Islamic games cancelled over Arab-Iran dispute

The Riyadh-based Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation on Sunday called off the athletic games planned for Tehran in April because of Iran's use of the term "Persian Gulf" on winners' medals.

The ISSF, headed by Saudi Olympic Federation president Prince Sultan bin Fahd, said after an emergency board meeting that Iran's local organising committee "unilaterally took some decisions without asking the federation by writing some slogans on the medals and pamphlets of the games."

Iran "did not abide by the rules of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation" and "did not follow the decisions taken by the general assembly of the federation at a previous meeting in Riyadh," it said in a statement.

The games were being called off because of the dispute, the ISSF said.

Designation of the key waterway for global oil and gas supplies has long been a touchy issue among the countries bordering it -- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Iraq and Iran.

Iran says it is the Persian Gulf, the Arab states say it is Arab.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Monday the federation should reconsider its decision but insisted the waterway was Persian.

"The logo and naming should be done correctly, based on international norms and regulations and the naming by the United Nations," he told reporters on Monday.

"So basically the board of directors did not have the right to just interfere in such a process... We hope they will reconsider," he added.

The Islamic Solidarity Games were first held in Saudi Arabia in 2005 with the participation of 55 countries, including Iran. They were delayed from October last year over flu concerns.


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