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National Judo team cancels Tokyo training camp due to coronavirus concerns

The Israeli Judo Association is looking into the possibility of training in Europe instead.

Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei will compete in Israel next month – report

Even before coming to Israel, Mollaei will possibly face Israeli judoka Sagi Muki at the Qingdao Masters in China next week.

Israeli judoka Sagi Muki celebrates with his gold medal after winning the under-81kg event
Iranian judoka Mollaei calls Sagi Muki 'my best friend'

"I am friends with Sagi Muki, as I am with all other athletes. He supports me and I thank him for this. It doesn’t matter who wins, what matters is friendship," Mollaei said in an interview to DW.

Iran banned for pressuring Judoka not to face Israeli

Iran has 21 days to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

International Judo Federation rejects Iran's appeal against suspension

While Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei is still seeking asylum in Germany, his testimony against his country was the trigger to the International Judo Federation's decision to ban the country.

Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei
Iranian judoka Mollaei hiding in Germany: I decided to live as a free man

Since the end of his competition in the Judo World Championship last month, Mollaei is still seeking asylum in Germany, hoping to compete in the Olympics as a refugee.

Iran's Saeid Mollaei and Canada's Antoine Valois-Fortier compete
International Judo Federation bans Iran from all future competitions

Iranian judoka Mollaei still taking refuge in Germany.

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Free the athletes

The Iranian National Olympic Committee pressured Mollaei over the phone to lose his semi-final bout and avoid having to face an Israeli, Sagi Muki, in the finals – which was very possible.

Will Iranian judoka Mollaei compete in Israel?

"I am a fighter. I want to compete wherever I can. I live in a country whose law does not permit me to. We have no choice, all athletes must comply with it," Mollaei said in an IJF statement.

Judo - World Judo Championships - Men's Under 81 kg - Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan - August 28, 2019
Iran judoka pressured not to fight Israeli, refuses to return

The International Judo Federation said Saeid Mollaei was told to lose his earlier round matches to avoid a final encounter against Israel's Sagi Muki.

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