Via:  buzz-of-the-orient  •  3 months ago  •  17 comments


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"Refraining from participating in competitions with athletes of the Zionist regime is an issue of the Muslim world, and athletes from 20 countries refrain from doing so."



Israeli judoka Sagi Muki. (photo credit: ASAF KLIGER)

President of the Iran National Olympic Committee Syed Reza Salehi Amiri said that Iranian athletes will not compete against Israeli athletes, despite Iran claiming in a letter addressed to the International Judo Federation (IJF) that things might change.

The Judo World Championship will take place at the end of August, where the most anticipated encounter will be between Iranian Saeid Mollaei, who is ranked No. 1 in the 81 kg. weight group, and second ranked Israeli Sagi Muki.

At the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in October, the Iranian Judoka faked an injury to purposely lose a fight that would have led directly to an encounter with Muki. The Israeli went on to win the gold medal.

Then, at the Paris Grand Slam in February, Mollaei again feigned an injury and lost to Kazakhstan’s Ruslan Mussayev, ranked 209th in the world, in just twenty seconds. Mollaei seemed to easily recover from his injury to win the bronze medal.

The problem was that Muki won the silver medal, so Mollaei once again had to rely on that same injury to avoid sharing the podium with the Israeli athlete.

The IJF said in a letter to Iran that: "The international judo community witnessed several times a disturbing phenomenon, which involves the sudden “injury” or failure of weigh-in of Iranian athletes... [because of] the possible obligation of the given athletes to compete against certain countries."

In the same letter, the federation set a March 15 deadline for the Iranian government to present to "The International Judo Federation... a governmental letter which guarantees that all athletes from Iran will compete in IJF competitions, regardless of the nationality of the athletes they oppose, and that they will participate in the medal ceremonies, regardless of the nationality of those who share the podium with them."

The Iranian response to the letter was   published by the IJF   in March 11, where it claimed that it would, "fully respect the Olympic Charter and its non-discrimination principle." The Islamic republic also said that they were negotiating with parliament to "identify the proper legal resolutions."

In an interview with Fars News Agency, Amiri claimed to have discussed the matter with IJF chairman Marius Vizer in Lausanne, Switzerland, with Amiri explaining that Iranians will not be competing with Israeli athletes.

"Refraining from participating in competitions with athletes of the Zionist regime is an issue of the Muslim world, and athletes from 20 countries refrain from doing so. I said that we are acting within the framework of the Iranian regime's policy – and for this reason, we are not competing with athletes of the Zionist regime," Amiri said.


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Buzz of the Orient
1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    3 months ago

My understanding of international sports competitions is that politicizing or playing politics is forbidden, and the participants who do that are subject to themselves and their countries being banned from the event. I hope the IJF will adhere to that.

They have another reason besides politics and it's fear of being embarrassed due to being beaten by the "Zionist Regime".

1.1  WallyW  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    3 months ago

They are obviously cheating and should be banned..

Split Personality
1.1.1  Split Personality  replied to  WallyW @1.1    3 months ago

Cheating to lose?

There's a novel approach to competition, lol.

Buzz of the Orient
1.1.2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Split Personality @1.1.1    3 months ago

One would expect the organization to see through that obvious ruse, and failure to do so would be a sign of their prejudice.

1.2  SteevieGee  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    3 months ago

No show = forfeit.  It's literally a shame.

1.3  Cerenkov  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    3 months ago

Why tolerate their bigotry? Ban the nation from competing. 

1.3.1  SteevieGee  replied to  Cerenkov @1.3    3 months ago

They appear to be self-banning.

2  Kavika     3 months ago

Seems that they cannot face the fact that they may be beaten. Best if they just quit or withdraw since they cannot face real competition. 

The other alternative is that the federation just ban them (Iran) from competition and stop their BS charade. 

3  Snuffy    3 months ago

I wonder how the athletes themselves feel about it. Are they convinced that their actions are correct or are they just afraid of their governments?  Either way, failure to follow the rules should result in sanctions against them. The only part that politics should play in any athletic competition should be national pride in a victory.

Greg Jones
3.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Snuffy @3    3 months ago

They're doing what the mullahs tell them to do. Even if that means being banned.

Paula Bartholomew
4  Paula Bartholomew    3 months ago

They don't want to participate, so be it.

5  Ed-NavDoc    3 months ago

Don't want to compete because of your hateful and bigoted attitude? Let me show you the door, it's down the hall and do not let the door hit you in the ass on the way out... 

6  Tacos!    3 months ago

They should be banned from competition until they are willing to compete in the spirit of sportsmanship with people from any country. This shouldn't be a hard decision.

6.1  TᵢG  replied to  Tacos! @6    3 months ago

Agreed, this is pathetic.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
6.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Tacos! @6    3 months ago

Totally agree, too. 

7  Freefaller    3 months ago

Lol what stupidity, well I hope they enjoy losing matches, titles and any other punishments that may follow

Split Personality
8  Split Personality    3 months ago

Hitler was once in a similar predicament.

He doubled down.

Jesse Owens embarrassed Adolf & Germany.

The Iranians cannot afford to risk the same outcome.

It's a lose/lose situation for Iran.


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