Iran’s girls’ basketball team was removed from the Asian U16 games because of the Iranian federation’s $325K debt to FIBA.
The team was to take part in the official event for the first time after 37 years.
In response to reporters, Mahmoud Mashhoun, head of the Iranian Basketball Federation, only said, “I would be present in the meetings and will try to solve the problem.” (The state-run ISNA news agency – October 21, 2017)
The Iranian regime has demonstrated outright incompetence in managing sports, and particularly, women’s sports. Iranian female athletes do not enjoy any official support by the government.