LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Volleyball’s governing body says Iran will not host a youth world championship, amid a dispute over the jailing of a woman who tried to attend a men’s volleyball match in Tehran.
Iran was among three candidates to host the Boys’ Under-19 World Championship next year. Argentina is expected to be chosen.
World governing body FIVB says the decision ”has been taken entirely on technical merit.”
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The FIVB and its Brazilian president, Ary Graca, asked Iran state president Hassan Rouhani last month to release British-Iranian woman Ghoncheh Ghavami.
Ghavami was detained in Tehran in June after trying to attend an Iran-Italy FIVB World League match to protest a ban on women attending the male-only event.
She was sentenced to one year in prison this month for spreading propaganda about Iran’s ruling system.