Saeid Mollaei

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.

Chess pieces

Two Iranian teen players refuse to face Israelis at World Chess Championships

Tehran consistently pressures its representatives in all international competitions to avoid facing Israeli opponents.

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.

Supporters of Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

Iranian athlete seeks asylum in France - report

According to Radio Farda, Shahnavazi stated that the Islamic Republic Weightlifting Federation never provided him with financial support to participate in international competitions.

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.

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