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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.
The LTA’s vision is “Tennis Opened Up” and its mission is to make tennis Relevant, Accessible, Welcoming and Enjoyable. The aim of the LTA Competitions Team is to help support the growth of junior and adult competitions in order to increase the number of players competing. This role will focus on the day-to-day management, running and development of recreational competitions including but not limited to LTA Local Tennis League, Quorn Family Tennis Cup and LTA Team Challenge, with a key focus on the delivery of LTA Local Tennis Leagues.
Rising Phoenix, a documentary about the Paralympic Movement set to be released later this month, promises a more complete look at the lives of champions including Tatyana McFadden, Jonnie Peacock and Bebe Vio. Mike Rowbottom reports.