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Saeid Mollaei: Iran’s indefinite judo suspension lifted

2021-03-01 18:01:53

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Saeid Mollaei representing Iran in the 2019 World Championships
Saeid Mollaei misplaced within the semi-finals of the boys’s 81kg occasion on the 2019 World Championships

Iran’s indefinite suspension by the Worldwide Judo Federation – for ordering defending champion Saeid Mollaei to drag out of the 2019 World Championships – has been lifted.

Mollaei ignored calls to withdraw from a match to keep away from the prospect of dealing with Israel’s Sagi Muki later within the occasion.

Iranian athletes have been banned from competing in any sport towards Israel.

The IJF suspended Iran in 2019 however the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) mentioned the ruling had “no authorized foundation”.

Cas mentioned it discovered the Islamic Republic of Iran Judo Federation (IRIJF) to have “dedicated extreme violations” of IJF guidelines, however {that a} sanction of a limiteless suspension was illegal.

“Accordingly, the panel partially upheld the enchantment and annulled the choice taken by the IJF disciplinary fee on 22 October 2019,” mentioned Cas, which introduced its determination on Monday.

“The matter has been referred again to the IJF disciplinary fee for its eventual additional selections.”

After refusing to withdraw, the 29-year-old beat Russia’s Olympic champion Khasan Khalmurzaev within the third spherical of the boys’s 81kg occasion and ultimately reached the semi-finals.

He misplaced to Belgium’s Matthias Casse within the final 4, with Israel’s Muki beating Mollaei’s conqueror within the closing to win gold.

Mollaei has not returned to Iran since these World Championships in Japan, saying he feared for the security of himself and his household if he did so.

After spending time in Germany, he now represents Mongolia. In February, he competed in an occasion in Israel.

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