"USA Badminton is very disappointed that our team did not receive visas to enter Iran and therefore our women's team will not be able to participate in the 2009 Fajr International Badminton Tournament in Tehran. Our athletes were very much looking forward to the event and are very disappointed that they will not be able to compete and meet new friends. Friendship through sport is a good thing that should be respected and cherished. The Iranian Badminton Federation was sincere in their invitation to us and we completed our visa applications over two months ago in plenty of time to meet all deadlines. We were told our visas had been approved and were asked to secure them in Dubai. It's unfortunate that we will not be able to compete and sincerely hope we will be extended another invitation in the near future."
Dan Cloppas, USA Badminton Chief Executive Officer/Secretary General