Arash Miresmaili, who carried his country’s flag in the Olympic Games opening ceremony, has pulled out of the tournament because he refused to fight an Israeli.

>”Although I have trained for months and was in good shape I refused to fight my Israeli opponent to sympathize with the suffering of the people of Palestine and I do not feel upset at all,” Miresmaili told the IRNA news agency.

Ok, I’ll buy that as soon as someone can prove to me that no one held a gun to his head. Athletes train for years to reach the Olympics and I find the idea that a competitor would squander all that to make a ridiculous political statement unbelievable.