Iranian judoka Vahid Sarlak and Israel’s national women’s judo coach Shani Hershko filmed a message about keeping politics out of sports at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“I am next to Israeli athletes. I have a great message for you. They really love Iranians,” Sarlak said at the start of the video, which was shared on Twitter on Monday by Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad.

The two men then hugged before Sarlak said “sports is sports, not politics.”

Sarlak concluded the clip by addressing Alinejad, saying, “I filmed this to show that world athletes love Iran, whether one is Israeli or Iranian. We are all human beings with one nationality. We have no frontiers among human beings.”

Alinejad launched a campaign “United for Navid” to protest the hanging of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari in September for his role in protesting regime corruption in 2018. Sarlak joined the campaign, too.

Sarlak, who now lives in exile, made headlines in 2005 when he was forced by the Iranian Federation to forfeit a match against an Israeli opponent in World Championships in Cairo. In an interview with CNN recently, he described the forfeit as the “worst day of his life.”

Monday’s video comes after two judokas pulled out of the Olympics to avoid competing against Israeli judoka Tohar Butbul.