Iran is in danger of missing the judo competition at next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo, after the International Judo Federation (IJF) banned them from events until they give guarantees that they will not boycott matches against Israeli opponents.
The International Judo Federation (IJF) has announced a protective suspension of the Iran Judo Federation, following pressure applied to judoka Saeid Mollaei at the World Championships to avoid facing an Israeli athlete.
National Olympic Committee of the Islamic Republic of Iran President Syed Reza Salehi Amiri has claimed Saeid Mollaei would be greeted “like a champion” if he returned to the country, despite the judoka saying he had been threatened.
Former world champion Saeid Mollaei has revealed he is seeking asylum after confirming Iranian officials threatened to hurt him and his family if he did not withdraw or deliberately lose at the International Judo Federation (IJF) World Championships last week.
The Israel Judo Association (IJA) chief has claimed that under-81 kilograms world number one Saeid Mollaei was forced by Iranian officials to throw his final two matches at the International Judo Federation (IJF) World Championships.