Iranian athelete refuses to shake hands with Kate Middleton after winning the medal
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Iranian athelete refuses to shake hands with Kate Middleton after winning the medal

London : United Kingdom | Sep 03, 2012 at 8:58 AM PDT
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Iranian athelete refuses to shake hands with Kate Middleton after winning his medal

A very rare incident took place today infront of Duchess of Cambridge when an Iranian Paralympic athlete refused to shake hands with him at medal ceremony.

Discus thrower Mehrdad Karam Zadeh recieved his silver medal and then clutched his chest instead of shaking it with Kate. That is because Iranian culture does not allow men to touch an unrelated women.

'Many male athletes from Islamic countries do not shake hands in public with women they are not related for cultural and religious reasons,' the palace representative said.

It is also being said that St. James Palace insisted Kate was warned about the snub beforehand, because she did not offer her hand either.

Before Mehrdad, Paralympic GB's gold medal winner Aled Davies and Chinese bronze medallist Lezheng Wang cheerfully received their medal on the podium and with no hesitation shook their hands with the lady.

Neither have any commentsb been given by the Iranian delegation in London nor any political statement has been made by Zadeh till now.

This isn't the first time that Iran's culture has sparked a controversy. Even last year its volley ball team had to face a huge outraged media's reaction after the atheletes shook hands with a female referee at the end of the game against Afghanistan.

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