Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Sports drama: Iranian athletes withdraw from World Championships
22 Aug 2019 20:30
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.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Teddy Riner will be attending the Grand Prix in Tel Aviv, the first World Tour event of 2020. The French phenomenon wasn’t in Tokyo nor Qingdao for the Grand Slam and Masters in Asia, but will be expected in Tel Aviv. The 10 time World Champion and double Olympic Champion is hunting his third Olympic title and the record of Tadahiro Nomura. Read more
Saeid Mollaei is going to fight for Mongolia at the Masters in Qingdao. Mollaei visited the President of Mongolia, the former Judo Association President Khaltmaagiin Battulga who handed out the passport to the 2018 World Champion who fled from Iran and was promised a German citizenship recently. In Qingdao Mollaei was supposed to fight under the International Refugee Team. However at the website of the IJF you already see him in the team of Mongolia to confirm the transfer of the year. Read more
Germany has granted refugee status to an Iranian judo star who said he is afraid to return home after exposing and criticizing his government’s pressure on him to deliberately lose in the World Championships in Tokyo last summer to avoid a potential bout against Sagi Muki of Israel.‘Now I can fully concentrate on judo,’ says Saeid Mollaei, who can’t return home after exposing his government’s pressure to throw matches to avoid Israeli opponents. Read more
Former world champion Saeid Mollaei returns to the IJF World Judo Tour for the first time since the World Championships in Tokyo. The world number three has been granted refugee status in Germany and will compete under the IJF flag in Osaka as part of the IJF’s Refugee Team. Read more
Saeid Mollaei will soon resume his career under the IJF Refugee Team colors, a career that was interrupted in Tokyo at the end of August. This will be an important moment for the 2018 World Champion, who since Wednesday, August 28, has seen his life totally change. Now a refugee in Germany, he was in Brussels on Saturday, November 16th, to receive the Crans Montana Forum gold medal from the hands of Ambassador Jean-Paul Carteron, for the difficult decision he took in Japan. Read more
Sergio Nascimento (BRA)