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American runners reportedly denied visas ahead of Iran’s first marathon

Americans were apparently not welcome at Tehran’s first international marathon
American runner Charlie Barkowski had everything lined up ahead of what would’ve been his 52nd marathon on Friday, فhe Washington Post reported on Friday.

He had a flight picked out; his hotel was ready; he looked forward to revisiting some of the same cafes and sites he had seen in 2013 when he first traveled to Iran.

On Tuesday, however, Barkowski, who currently lives in Greece, learned he wouldn’t be getting a visa for his second trip.

“I was literally ready to go to the airport and get my visa in Athens,” the 35-year-old  said, just hours after what was being billed as Iran’s first marathon in Tehran had concluded.

“It was kind of sad,” he said, noting that because he remained on the email list of participants he had seen photographs of the event, as well as the medals each entrant received. “I’m sorry I couldn’t participate.”

Barkowski was one of 28 Americans who had registered for the race, but according to the Associated Press, other than one Iranian-American, it appears no other US citizens were able to obtain visas.

Last Modified: Saturday، 08 April 2017 04:10 PM