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Iran Judo Federation suspended by the IJF
Iran Judo Federation suspended by the IJF
22 Oct 2019 16:40
IJF Media Department
IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation

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.