A spokesman for the Iranian karate team insists America is mixing irrelevant issues with sport and is seeking some form of retaliation against Iran. Iran captured one medal in karate, a gold, at last year's Tokyo Olympics when Sajjad Ganjzadeh won a controversial final bout being awarded the 75+ kg championship after being knocked out by a kick. Karate is not slated for the next Olympics.
The World Games, which feature non-Olympic sports, is scheduled to run from July 7 through July 17 in Birmingham, Ala. Besides karate, it will also feature kickboxing, muay Thai, sumo, wushu and Japanese-style ju-jitsu.
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