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.
Iran has had a mixed week in the sporting world. It began with reports that the country's 40-year ban on women attending football matches is set to end in October, before culminating with an Iranian judoka causing great consternation for the International Judo Federation (IJF).
Iran will reportedly allow women to watch a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in October, ending a ban which has been in place since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Iran won men's team gold on day to of the World Taekwondo World Cup Team Championships in Wuxi in China.
Czech Republic delivered a major shock at the International Volleyball Federation Boys' Under-19 World Championship, defeating defending champions Iran in straight sets in Tunisia.
Iran won the two freestyle finals in which they were represented as the first sets of medals were handed out at the United World Wrestling World Junior Championships in Tallinn.
Iran and Russia will be represented in two freestyle finals each tomorrow following the first day of action at the United World Wrestling World Junior Championships in Tallinn.
Iran increased their gold medal tally to five after two more of their athletes triumphed at the World Cadet Taekwondo Championships in Tashkent.
Iran secured two gold medals on a productive day for the country at the World Cadet Taekwondo Championships at Universal Sports Palace in Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent.
Iran claimed the International Volleyball Federation Men's Under-21 World Championship title after defeating Italy in an absorbing five-set contest in Bahrain.
Iran beat Brazil in Bahrain to earn first final appearance in FIVB Men’s Under-21 World Championship
Iran reached the final of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men's Under-21 World Championship for the first time today as they beat favourites Brazil, seeking a fifth world title, in Bahrain.
Russia fought back to sink Iran and maintain their winning start to the International Volleyball Federation Men’s Under-21 Championship in Bahraini city Riffa.
Iran, Japan and hosts Uzbekistan will each be represented in four individual kumite finals after preliminary action took place today at the Asian Karate Federation Senior Championship in Tashkent.
Brazil defeated Iran in five sets to secure the last spot in the semi-finals at the International Volleyball Federation Men’s Nations League final round in Chicago.
Sohrab Moradi, the world and Olympic champion and multiple world record holder, is out of the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships after dislocating his shoulder in training.