Judo star left fearing for life after defying orders from Iran

Judo star left fearing for life after defying orders from Iran

Judo star left fearing for life after defying orders from Iran

"The Iranian first deputy minister of sport, Davar Zani, gave him the order to withdraw Mollaei from the competition to avoid a potential contest between Iran and Israel".

The world governing body will investigate in the coming week in addition, the extent to which Mollaei and in Tehran, living family had been threatened by the political side.

The same has been happening in global Olympic type wrestling matches and both Iranian players, coaches and worldwide sports officials have been putting pressure on the Islamic Republic to abandon its discriminatory policy violating basic principles of global sports.

"First of all we will do everything to support the athlete so he can continue his career and participate in the Olympic Games", Vizer told AFP.

In 2004 Judo contestant Arash Miresmaeili threatened to quit the Olympics after nearly competing against an Israeli opponent.

The IJF stated it might assist Mollaei put together for subsequent yr's Olympics, additionally in Tokyo.

Mollaei said in an IJF statement: "Even if the authorities of my country told me that I can go back without any problems, I am afraid". We have no choice all athletes must comply with it. I'm scared of what would possibly occur to my circle of relatives and to myself.

Mollaei travelled to Germany where the 27-year-old Teheran owns an apartment. "But I didn't train this hard just to put up this show of losing". "But I serve my country and whatever medal I get belongs to Iran, whether it's under the Iran or International Olympic Committee flag", he added.

"Soon the procedure against Iran Judo Federation will start", Vizer said. Everything has to happen according to the statutes of the global federation and the Olympic charter. "We must live with this and behave accordingly".

Mollaei was the defending champion and will have confronted Israeli athlete Sagi Muki within the closing. "Based on this report we will further evaluate the situation".

Then you'll have to decide whether the Iranian Judo Federation will be sanctioned. This Marius Vizer, the President of the world Judo Federation IJF, the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun on the edge of the world Championships in Tokyo.

Iran's Fars news agency accused Mollaei of pre-planning his defection, quoting Iran's judo head coach Majed Zarian as saying: "Everything was set in advance - someone in Iran must have helped him".

Vizer insisted his support of Mollaei was a question of "sporting values" and not politics. If he had won, he may have faced an Israeli rival in the final.

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