Saeid Mollaei has been cleared to compete for Mongolia and could represent the nation at next year's Olympic Games following his defection from Iran, after being ordered to throw his semi-final at this year's World Judo Championships rather than set up a potential clash with a rival from Israel.
Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei has received the Crans Montana Forum gold medal for seeking asylum in Germany, after being ordered to throw his semi-final at this year's World Championships rather than risk facing an Israeli in the final of the under-81 kilograms class.
International Judo Federation (IJF) President Marius Vizer has been praised in Israel for his organisation's decision to suspend Iran indefinitely, until they agree to end its policy of refusing to allow competitors to face Israeli opponents.
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.