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Written by: Diana West
Wednesday, February 04, 2009 1:17 PM 

From USA Today's The Oval:

Sports and diplomacy appear to have mixed once again:

State Department spokesman Robert Wood said this morning that the U.S. is disappointed that Iran did not issue visas to an American women's badminton team that was invited to a tournament in Tehran.

He said the team had supplied all the paperwork required.

The Associated Press writes that:

The team's participation in the event starting Friday was to have been the first U.S.-Iranian exchange under the Obama administration. The two countries have not had diplomatic relations since the Islamic Revolution and the hostage-taking at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.

According to the BBC, Iranian Foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi "said there was not enough time for the lengthy process before the 14-nation contest starts on Friday."

The 12-members of the team and its delegation are heading home from Dubai.

This administration needs training wheels.

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