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Ahmadinejad: 'I Would Like to Be Next to Our Young Athletes at the 2012 Olympics'

11:36 AM, May 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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While the debate continues over how to deal with an Iran that has nuclear ambitions, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has other things on his mind. "I would like to be next to our young athletes at the 2012 Olympics but the host has a problem with this," Ahmadinejad said of 2012 Olympics in London, according to the Associated Press.

The official Iranian news agency, IRNA, reports

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that the Iranian athletes should do their best in London Olympics 2012 and win medals for the Iranian nation.

Addressing a ceremony to honor the champions and medal winners in 2011 held at Azadi Sports Complex, he added that London Olympics is a great event and the enemies cannot see success of the Iranian youth.

In 2011, Iranian protesters stormed the British embassy in Tehran. "Militant students are reported to have ransacked offices, burned the British flag and smashed embassy windows," the BBC reported at the time. "The move comes after Iran resolved to reduce ties following the UK's decision to impose further sanctions on it." 

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