WORLD - Judo Federation Bans Iran

Arno Froese

The International Judo Federation (IJF) suspended Iran from competing in any future judo competition due to the fact that Iranian judoka “Saeid Mollaei has been instructed by the Iranian authorities and the Iran Judo Federation to withdraw from competing to avoid a potential contest against an Israeli athlete...Sagi Muki,” the IJF notice read.

Upon Mollaei’s loss at his semi-final bout at the Judo World Championship in Tokyo, he was rushed by members of the IJF to Germany, where he revealed that he was instructed to throw his battles to avoid competing against Muki.

The confirmation by Mollaei that Iran had instructed him to lose on purpose so as not to face Muki led the IJF to publish a letter affirming that due to the country’s actions, the federation pronounced “a protective suspension from all competitions, administrative and social activities organized or authorized by International Judo Federation and its Unions, started from 18 September 2019 to the final Commission decision regarding this case.”

The decision did not come only as a result of Mollaei’s last incident in the Judo World Championship. As mentioned in the IJF’s letter, “During the 2004 Olympic Games, the actual President of the Iran Judo Federation, Mr. Arash Miresmaeili, has been instructed by the Iranian authorities to withdraw from competing to avoid a potential contest against an Israeli athlete. The same situation happened also during the 2019 Paris Grand Slam regarding Mr. Saeid Mollaei.”, 18 September 2019

Arno's commentary

It is refreshing to see that the IJF acts quite differently than the UN. Violations against the laws and principles of this sports federation supersede political realities, causing Iran to be banned “from all future competitions.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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