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Iran says will not send fencers to US

Tehran, May 24, IRNA -- Iran`s Fencing Federation Monday announced that it will not dispatch swordsmen to the United States to take part in New York grand prix.

The US has invited Iran to participate in the GP, which will be held on June 10-13.

But the federation has decided to boycott the event as a gesture of opposition to the US occupying forces` crimes and esecration of the holy sites in Iraq.

Iran`s Physical Education Organization has also condemned the attacks made by the US occupation forces on the holy sites in Iraqi cities, Najaf and Karbala.

"The crime committed by the US forces -- attack on the noble people of the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala and violating the sanctity of Iraq`s holy sites -- is condemned as an imprudent act," said the organization.

The United States sent troops as well as tanks into the two cities, sparking bloody clashes with forces loyal to Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, which have taken their toll also at the holy quarters.

Exchange of gunfire in Najaf damaged the golden dome of the holy shrine of Imam Ali.

... Payvand News - 5/24/04 ... --

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