Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Iran Judo Federation suspended by the IJF
22 Oct 2019 16:40
The Iran Judo Federation has been suspended of the from all competitions, administrative and social activities organized or authorized by the International Judo Federation and its Unions.
Following the events, which occurred during the last World Judo Championships Tokyo 2019, , has been pronounced. The IJF has been informed that the August 28th 2019, during the last 2019 World Championships in Tokyo, Saeid Mollaei has been instructed by the Iranian authorities and the Iran Judo Federation to withdraw from competing to avoid a potential contest against an Israeli athlete, in this case Sagi Muki.
On 10 September 2019 the IJF Executive Committee, has decided, in accordance with article 28 of the IJF Statutes, to initiate a disciplinary procedure against the Iran Judo Federation and to submit the case to the IJF Disciplinary Commission of the First Instance.
According to Saeid Mollaei’s statements, he has been instructed by the Iran Judo Federation’s President, the Iran National Olympic Committee’s President and the Iran national Coach to withdraw from competing to avoid a potential contest against an Israeli athlete during the 2019 Tokyo World Championships.
The Iran Judo Federation states that Saeid Mollaei has never been instructed by the Iranian authorities and the Iran Judo Federation to withdraw from competing to avoid a potential contest against an Israeli athlete.
Saeid Mollaei’s allegations are confirmed by the statement of Abdullo Muradov, who speaks Farsi and who was together with the athlete during the World Championship in Tokyo and who clearly confirmed that the athlete received a phone call, from 1st Deputy Minister of Sport of Iran and a video chat and a phone call from the Iran National Olympic Committee’s President asking to the athlete not to fight in order to avoid a contest against the Israeli athlete.
To ask to the IJF Executive Committee to determine the modalities of the guarantees to be given and actions to be undertaken in order to demonstrate its commitments to respect the IJF Statutes by the Iran Judo Federation, decides that the Commission protective suspension on 18 September 2019 still is valid until this decision will gain legal force.
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
Fabrizio Esposito (ITA)