Reporters on the Job: Journalists in Tehran looking for a â€ścolorâ€ť lead on their Obama-and-Iran stories were disappointed when the US womenâ€™s badminton team were not issued visas by Iran. To read more about Iranians' view of Obama's stated aim to engage Iran, click here.
The â€śshuttlecock diplomacyâ€ť had a promising start. The US State Department announced that the team was on its way to Dubai to participate in a tournament in Tehran. We journalists woke to the news Tuesday morning, and I sent letters to Iranâ€™s sporting federation and crossed Tehran in a sudden snowstorm to apply for credentials.
They were due to arrive late that night. But then there was a delay. The first Obama-era sports exchange between the US and Iran was going to be put off a day. Plans were made to go to the airport â€“ almost an hour away â€“ the next night at midnight, to meet the flight.
But then final word: No visas. No Americans. No color lead with US athletes breaking sporting ground in Iran.