Iran banned from world judo until it agrees to face Israel

first_imgMOST READ The measure comes at a time when the International Olympic Committee is pushing back against boycotts and other political demonstrations in sports.In June, IOC President Thomas Bach criticized governments who “clearly abuse sport for their political purposes,” noting a case in May of a Tunisian court blocking four Israelis from competing at the taekwondo junior world championships.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics FILE – In this Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 file photo, Saeid Mollaei of Iran, top, competes against Didar Khamza of Kazakhstan during their men’s – 81kg final judo match at the18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Judo world champion Iran has been banned from international judo competitions for refusing to let its athletes fight Israeli opponents. The International Judo Federation has imposed an indefinite ban on Iran’s team until it promises to end a long-running boycott of Israel. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)LAUSANNE, Switzerland— Iran was banned from international judo competitions Tuesday for refusing to let its athletes fight Israeli opponents.The International Judo Federation imposed an indefinite ban on Iran’s team until it promises to end a long-running boycott of Israel.ADVERTISEMENT The IJF’s disciplinary commission said the ban will stand “until the Iran Judo Federation gives strong guarantees and prove that they will respect the IJF Statutes and accept that their athletes fight against Israeli athletes.”The commission said Iran broke rules on non-discrimination and the manipulation of competition results.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe ruling comes after 2018 world champion Saeid Mollaei walked off the Iranian team in August, saying he had been ordered to lose matches and withdraw from competitions so as not to face Israelis.The IJF accused Iranian government officials of putting pressure on athletes including Mollaei, who is now in hiding in Germany and could potentially go to the Olympics as part of the International Olympic Committee’s refugee team. Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Raptors receive NBA’s biggest championship rings ever Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? According to the commission, Iran accused Mollaei of making false claims in order to “speed up his change of nationality process” and denied he had ever come under government pressure. The commission says it found that argument to be untrue.Iran has already missed some events because it was provisionally suspended last month pending the full disciplinary ruling.The IJF has previously said any measures taken against Iran won’t apply directly to next year’s Olympics, because athletes are technically entered by the Iranian Olympic Committee, not the national judo federation.However, qualifying for the Olympics depends in large part on world ranking points from IJF events.Iran can appeal the IJF ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’last_img