Iranian Volleyball Team Held For Hours At O’Hare


THE FAA INVESTIGATORS ARE ON THE WAY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH. RIGHT NOW THE LEFT LANE IS CLOSED WHILE CREWS WORKED TO REMOVE THE PLANE. TONIGHT, THEY CAME TO CHICAGO TO PLAY VOLLEYBALL BUT MEMBERS OF IRAN’S NATIONAL TEAM APPEAR TO BE FRONT AND CENTER IN A POLITICAL SHOWDOWN. GOOD EVENING. I’M BRAD EDWARDS. I’M IRIKA SARGENT. THEY WERE DETAINED FOR HOURS AT O’HARE AIRPORT. WE ARE LIVE AT USC WHERE THEY PRACTICED A SHORT TIME AGO. WERE YOU THERE TO TALK WITH THEM? REPORTER: THE IRANIAN NATIONAL TEAM WILL SHOW THEIR TALENT HERE AT THE CREDIT UNION ARENA. WE SPOKE TO A STAFF MEMBER FROM THE TEAM WHO SAYS THAT IS SIMPLE CUSTOMS PROCEDURE TURNED POLITICAL AND THAT IS WHY IRAN FILED A VIOLATION COMPLAINT. THE MEN’S NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL TEAM PRACTICED TODAY AT UIC AFTER BEING INTERROGATED FOR SEVERAL HOURS SATURDAY AT O’HARE AIRPORT. THIS IS WHY THE PLAYERS PREFERRED NOT TO SPEAK ABOUT THE INCIDENT. INSTEAD, THE TEAM DOCTOR SPOKE ON THE TEAM’S BEHALF. HE SAYS CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL AGENTS INTERROGATED SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF THE TEAM FOR TWO HOURS AND CHECKED THEIR CELL PHONES AND LUGGAGE. THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC AGENCY SAID THE TEAM WAS DELAYED FOUR HOURS. THE INTERNATIONAL GOVERNING BODY FOR VOLLEYBALL ALSO EXPRESSED DISCONTENT AND IS WORKING WITH AUTHORITIES TO MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. THE DOCTOR SAYS THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME. LAST YEAR, THE SAME THING HAPPENED WHEN THE IRANIAN NATIONAL TEAM ARRIVED AT THE AIRPORT ALONG WITH POLAND AND THE EUROPEAN SQUAD DID NOT GO THROUGH THE SAME RIGOROUS PROCESS. REPORTER: A SPOKESPERSON FOR CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL INFORMED ME THAT THEY FOLLOWED NORMAL PROCEDURES AND EVERYONE

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