We all know the story: Adolf Hitler planned for the 1936 Olympics to showcase Aryan supremacy, only to have his little race-building effort destroyed by the great Jesse Owens.
Iran, apparently, isn’t taking any chances. It’s decided that it simply cannot afford to risk having one of its athletes race against Jews — for (who knows?) the Jew might win. That, of course, is not what Iran says. It simply announced that it’s swimmer would not compete in the same heat as an Jewish swimmer, presumably because being in the same pool as a Jew might cause some contamination. (You might want to check the air you breath too, Mr. Iranian, and, this is just a suggestion, stop breathing.)
Still, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what’s really going on. Iran cannot afford a Jesse Owens moment, can it?