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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.

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.

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.

03/09/2019
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