No More Syria? Iranian Anthem Played in a Syrian Basketball Game

Published November 29th, 2021 - 09:14 GMT
Syrian basketball game
Players and attendants of the basketball game looked confused. (AFP)

The start of a basketball game between Syria and Kazakhstan has sparked controversy after the Iranian national anthem was played while introducing the Syrian national team.

The game which is one of many held for the Basketball World Cup qualifiers was held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan's capital.

As soon as the Iranian anthem was played, Syrian players who were preparing to sing theirs looked confused but continued to sing the Syrian national anthem on top of the music featuring the Iranian one.

As soon as people watching the game noticed this incident, they took to social media expressing shock and anger and questioning whether it was an honest mistake by the organizers or if it is more of a political statement.

Online commentators referred to the growing Iranian role in Syria, especially in the years that followed the Syrian war since 2011. During the war, Iranian militias have been reportedly fighting alongside the Syrian government's forces, which has been perceived by anti-government commentators as the "Iranian occupation of Syria".


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