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Islamic games cancelled in Arab-Iran row over Persian Gulf name

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    Islamic games cancelled in Arab-Iran row over Persian Gulf name
    The Islamic Solidarity Games, designed to strengthen ties among Muslim nations, have been cancelled after a dispute between Arab countries and Iran over the name of the waterway dividing them.

    Published: 6:03PM GMT 17 Jan 2010

    Arabs call the waterway the Arabian Gulf but Iranians insist it is the Persian Gulf Photo: ALAMY
    The Saudi-based Islamic Solidarity Games Federation says they cancelled the sporting event, which were meant to be held in Tehran in the spring, after Iran put "Persian Gulf" on the logo.
    Arabs call the waterway the Arabian Gulf and many were offended by references to its other common name.

    Iran maintains the strategic waterway on its southern coast has historically been known as the Persian Gulf. It has banned publication of maps showing it as just "the Gulf".
    "The federation regrettably declares the cancellation of the games in Iran because the organisers did not comply with the rules of games and the federation's bylaws," a statement from the sports federation said.
    The five-year-old games were created to strengthen ties among the 57-nations of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.
    The games, which would have included events such as athletics, swimming, basketball, football and wrestling, were originally scheduled for October 2009 but postponed in attempt to reach a compromise.
    The 2010 games would have permitted female athletes to compete for the first time.

    Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/7012219/Islamic-games-cancelled-in-Arab-Iran-row-over-Persian-Gulf-name.html

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