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Ahmadinejad wants to attend summer Olympics

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Posted on May. 18, 2012 at 11:01 am

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Dushanbe on March 24. Photo by REUTERS/Stringer

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Dushanbe on March 24. Photo by REUTERS/Stringer

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad now wants to attend the 2012 London Olympics, despite last year saying that the summer games’ jagged multi-colored lingo resembled the word Zion and was therefore “racist.”

Despite his desire, Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that British authorities had “problems” with hosting him, according to IRNA, his country’s official news agency.

“I would like to be among Iranian athletes in the 2012 London Olympics to support them but they [the host country] have problems with that,” IRNA quoted him as saying.

About 50 Iranian athletes have qualified to take part in the games, according to IRNA.

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