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.
In July 2022, Birmingham will host the XXII Commonwealth Games, the largest multi-sport event to be held in England in 10 years. Approximately 6,500 athletes and team officials from 71 nations and territories across the Commonwealth will come together in a 12-day celebration of sport and culture. The Venue Development and Overlay (VDO) Division of the Organising Committee (OC) is looking for a qualified individual to lead on the overall strategic direction and management of the Energy/Temporary Power and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) programme. The purpose of this role is to provide comprehensive overall leadership, planning, project management, design, production oversight, delivery, maintenance and remediation of the Temporary Power and HVAC/space cooling as required both during planning and delivery at the Commonwealth Games venues.
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