WORLD - Olympics Slammed for Ignoring Murder of Iranian Wrestler

Arno Froese

Global Athlete, a sports advocacy organization that seeks to advance the rights of athletes, said the IOC has neglected its “duty to care for athletes by failing to take action against Iran.”

“The IOC claims to use sport for peace but has failed to act when athletes’ lives have been taken or are at risk. Athletes, sporting leaders, government, sponsors and human rights experts cannot sit idle. We must collectively stand together to demand that human rights are imbedded into the Olympic charter,” the statement continued.

“Abuse in sport is rampant and it must come to an end. Only when the IOC adopts a zero tolerance approach to athlete abuse and embeds human rights into the Olympic charter will they have met their most basic responsibility to care for their athletes.”

According to the Global Athlete’s website, it “is an international athlete-led movement that will inspire and lead positive change in world sport, and collectively address the balance of power between athletes and administrators. We aim to help athletes gain a more represented voice in world sport, recognizing that the neglection and suppression of the athlete voice has gone on for too long.”

Thomas Bach, the German president of the IOC, has refused to impose sanctions on Iran’s regime for the execution of Afkari for the wrestler’s participation in nationwide protests against regime corruption in 2018.

Human rights and sports organizations across the globe have urged Bach to ban the Islamic Republic of Iran from the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Critics say that Iranian athletes can participate in the Olympics but not the under flag of the Islamic Republic., 8 October 2020

Arno's commentary

The Olympic Games, held every four years in different countries around the globe, symbolize global unity. The five interlocking rings represent Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Australia (the five internationally recognized continents).

The Olympic Games initially took place in the 8th century BC in Olympia, Greece. The modern one was resurrected in 1896 in Greece. While the Games were cancelled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to the First and Second World War, only five countries were present at every modern era summer Olympic Games: Greece, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, and Australia. 

Politicizing the Olympic Games is not new. For most countries, it is an honor to send their top athletes to compete with the nations of the world. In 1920, five countries were banned from the Olympics: Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Hungary, and Germany. In 1964, South Africa was banned by the IOC due to apartheid policies. In each following Games, South Africa was banned, and in the year 2000, Afghanistan was also banned because of their discrimination against women.

The apostle Paul uses the Games to show the believer’s need to fix his goal exclusively on the target: “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25).

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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