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International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge doesn't want politics interfering in the Youth Olympic Games. He talked about it after Iran Taekwondo player Mohammad Soleimani went to a hospital with an ankle injury, and forfeited the men's 48 kilogram final to Israeli Gili Haimovitz.
Haimovitz won the gold medal, but Israeli officials later claimed the Iranian athlete intentionally missed the match, because Iran does not recognize Israel as a country. But IOC President Jacques Rogge denied the incident had anything to do with politics. He stressed that the Youth Olympics aims to promote cultural and educational awareness among young people.
Jacques Rogge said, "That incident has been documented by an independent doctor in a clinic in Singapore. The athlete did not participate in the competition because of a foot injury. He was driven to the hospital, was examined by a Singaporean doctor, totally independent, not belonging to the organisation and he diagnosed an ankle sprain, and for us that's the end of the story."