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Islamic Solidarity Games likely to be postponed

TEHRAN, August 23, 2009 – Iran’s health minister says the second Islamic Solidarity Games should be postponed due to swine flu fears.

A report published in the Tehran Times this week says Kamran Baqeri-Lankarani has asked the Iran Physical Education Organisation (PEO) to postpone the competition scheduled for October 16 – 30 in three Iranian cities.

“Swine flu cases have increased in the region and we told the PEO officials to postpone the Islamic Solidarity Games,” Lankarani said.

According to Executive Secretary of the Games Hassan Mirza Aghabeik, Iran’s health ministry will make the final decision.

The 2nd Islamic Solidarity Games website gives no hint of the fate of the Games.

The first edition of the Games was held in Saudi Arabia in 2005.