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Iran shuts down - could miss the judo Olympics

2019-10-23T10:30:34.791Z

The International Judo Association (IJF) has made the final decision to suspend the Iranian Judo Union from all international competitors. The reason is that they forced the Iranian judo, Saeid Mollaei, to lose a World Cup match with diligence so as not to be set against an Israeli. It contributes to the Olympic participation of Iranian judokas now in jeopardy.



- IJF wants to join all countries and practitioners in the world. Therefore, they have been suspended until further notice, until they can provide guarantees that their practitioners will face all opponents, including Israelis, says Dick D Johansson, board member of IJF, to SVT Sport.

How can you give guarantees, it does not feel like there are any clear and clear directives?

- No, it hangs in the air a bit. It is the IJF's board that must make sure to assess it when it receives any kind of message from Iran. How it will be, we do not know, I have never participated in a criminal case against a covenant before, only against individual practitioners.

Conflict between Iran and Israel

The Iranian Judo Union was shut down as early as September 18 while the case was under investigation and now the news is that Iran is being shut down.

The decision is based on Mollaei's information that officials in Iran should have forced him to join the World Cup in order not to end up in a match against an Israeli judoka, due to the political conflict between the countries.

- These claims came from the judokan himself and were substantiated by the IJF official, Abdullo Muradov.

"All allegations are false"

Madurov must have been present on the occasions when Mollaei received the calls. After that, Mollaei should be so afraid to return to his home country that he sought asylum Germany. Iran, in turn, claims that they have never forced Mollaei into any lay match.

"All the accusations from the athlete are false and are made to hasten his change of nationality," the IJF writes in its report, citing a quote from the Iranian Judo Association.

The fact that the Iranian judo's are not allowed to compete in international competitions means that they cannot climb the rankings, which in turn is the basis for whether they qualify for the Olympics or not.

May 25 is the last day to be one of the 18 best in its weight class to directly qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next summer. At the same time, the Iranian Judo League has the opportunity to appeal.

- They have three weeks to appeal to the Supreme Sports Court, CAS.

There is no time frame for the shutdown, but it could theoretically be canceled tomorrow.

- Purely theoretical, yes. It is up to the IJF Board of Directors as soon as they receive any form of message, and then you have to decide on it.

Iranians lost in diligence to avoid Israeli resistance (2 / 9-2019):

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Iranians lost with diligence to avoid Israeli resistance Photo: TT

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