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Iranian weightlifters to compete in US in August

Iranian weightlifters will take part an an international contest in the United States. No fingerprint will take place upon entry into the US, Iran's Weightlifting Federation Chief Ali Moradi said on Wednesday, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Iranian sportsmen have boycotted sports friendlies with Americans in protest at a requirement enforced by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to fingerprint them upon entry to the United States.

Moradi told IRNA that the US Weightlifting Federation has made clear that the Federation has obtained assurances from INS that the Iranian weightlifters would not be fingerprinted upon entry to the US.

He said that 17 veteran weightlifters along with eight companions will travel to Portland, Oregon in August for the contest.

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