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Iranian swimmer Alirezaei pulls out of Olympic Games

Beijing, Aug 10, IRNA - Iranian swimmer Mohammad Alirezaei has pulled out of the Olympic men's 100m breaststroke heats due to severe pain in his stomach, an official with the Iranian team said on Saturday.

The head of Iran's Swimming Federation, Vahid Moradi, told IRNA that Alirezaei failed to attend the competition as he felt a severe pain in his stomach and nauseous 30 minutes before the contest.

The physicians accompanying Iranian swimming team have diagnosed Alirezaei with appendicitis or herina rupture and said he should immediately be taken to hospital, Moradi said.

He added that Alirezaei's coach has informed the Olympic Games Committee of his sickness prior to transferring him to hospital.

Moradi made the comments amid Western media reports that the Iranian swimmer has pulled out of the contest "because an Israeli was also racing."

The Iranian National Olympic Committee (INOC) had said earlier that as there was "no face-to-face situation" in swimming there would be no problem in attending the competition.

"Alirezaei swims in lane one and the representative of Israel in lane seven, so they will not face each other," INOC secretary Ali Kafashian had said earlier.

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