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At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Iranian judoka Arash Miresmaeili was disqualified for weighing in at nearly four pounds above the limit for his weight class of his under-66 kilograms match against an Israeli opponent Ehud Vaks in the first round. It was claimed Miresmaeili had gone on an eating binge to protest the International Olympic Committee's recognition of the state of Israel. Iran does not recognise the state of Israel, and Miresmaeili's actions won praise from high-ranking Iranian officials. Mohammad Khatami, the country's President at the time, was quoted as saying Miresmaili's actions would be "recorded in the history of Iranian glories". He was later awarded $125,000 by the Government - the same amount given to Olympic gold medallists.
Provide day to day support across the BOA’s portfolio of Olympic sponsors with the opportunity to manage several key projects and sponsors in the lead up to and during Tokyo 2020. The role will require you to build relationships with sponsors and their agencies, develop activation ideas and ensure all contractual agreements are delivered. Alongside this, you’ll need to develop strong relationships with internal stakeholders to deliver time sensitive projects and campaigns on behalf of the sponsors.
South African Sam Ramsamy finished his term of office as an IOC member at the end of 2018. As he moves into an honorary position, Mike Rowbottom speaks to the man Nelson Mandela often referred to as his son.