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Iranian Judo Fighter May Get a Chance to Compete in Israel Next Month

JERUSALEM, Israel – Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei will be in Israel in January to compete at the Tel Aviv Grand Prix International Judo Federation (IJF) tournament, according to a report from Israel’s Army Radio.Mollaei and his family faced death threats from the Iranian government after he refused Tehran's demands that he withdraw from a tournament in August to avoid fighting against an Israeli opponent. Iranian athletes are prohibited from competing in any sport against Israel and are forced to forfeit matches and even intentionally lose. The IFJ suspended Iran from competing in world Judo competitions due to its discriminatory policy.Mollaei has not returned to his home country for fear of his life and will not be competing on behalf of Iran. Instead, he recently received citizenship from Mongolia so he can continue to pursue his dreams and compete – even if his opponents are Israelis.“Thank you to the President of Mongolia Khaltmaagin Battulga, for offering me the Mongolian citizenship and for helping me pursuing my Olympics dream,” Mollaei wrote in an Instagra ...Read more

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