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Sports drama: Iranian athletes withdraw from World Championships

22 Aug 2019 20:30

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Iranian top athlete Mohammad Mohammadi withdrew for the World Championships. Mohammadi didn't go to Japan at all. Saeid Mollaei was also under pressure but did make the accreditation and we are awaiting the draw. on Saturday A very sad moment in sports as Iran agreed with the Judo Federation to respect the Olympic Charter and its non-discrimination principle and the Iran Judo Federation shall fully comply with the charter and the IJF statutes.

The agreement was signed from the Iranian side by the Olympic Committee of Iran as well as the new elected President Arash Miresmaeili as a hard promise.

Mohammad Mohammadi didn’t even go to Japan. The Iranian bronze medallist of last year’s World Championships would be in a category with one Israelian fighter. World Champion Mollaei was convinced to fight but once he would met Sagi Muki in a possible final or bronze medal Mollaei would for sure be forced to withdraw. Mollaei is in Japan to defend his world title. Saeid Mollaei was well prepared and considered the favourite and made the accreditation.

At the Instagram of Mohammad Mohammadi confirmed his withdrawal from the World Championships.

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