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Israeli world champion judoka Sagi Muki (right) and Iranian champion Saeid Mollaei embrace at the Paris Grand Slam, Feb. 10, 2020. Source: Instagram.

Iranian judo defector Mollaei dedicates Olympics silver medal to Israel

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Iranian defector Saeid Mollaei, who now represents Mongolia, dedicated his silver medal to the State of Israel after the match on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics. “This medal is also dedicated to Israel, and I...
An Iranian judo player at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

International Federation imposes four-year judo ban on Iran over discrimination

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The International Judo Federation suspended Iran on Thursday for attempting to prevent its athletes compete against opponents from Israel, reported The Associated Press. The IJF imposed a four-year ban that prevents Iranian judokas from competing at...
The headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland. Credit: Maykova Galina/Shutterstock.

Activists urge Olympic Committee to sanction Iran over boycott of Israeli athletes

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A group of athletes and human-rights activists are asking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to sanction Iran’s Olympic program because of the country’s repeated attempts to have its athletes avoid competing against Israelis. In a letter sent...
Israeli world champion judoka Sagi Muki, right, and Iranian champion Saeid Mollaei embrace at the Paris Grand Slam, Feb. 10, 2020. Source: Instagram.

Exiled Iranian judoka arrives in Israel to compete in Tel Aviv Grand Slam

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Saeid Mollaei, the Iranian judo champion who sought refuge in Germany, after being ordered to throw a match at the 2019 World Judo Championships in Tokyo to avoid a potential pairing with Israeli Israeli...