To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

Iran Indefinitely Banned from Global Judo Competitions Over Refusal to Compete against Israelis

Emily Jones : Oct 23, 2019  CBN News

Israel's Culture Minister Miri Regev praised the ban but regretted "the heavy price Iranian athletes will have to pay because of their regime's decisions."

(Jerusalem, Israel) — [CBN News] The International Judo Federation (IFJ) announced on Tuesday that Iran is indefinitely banned from competing in all future competitions due to the country's discrimination against Israeli players. (Image: via CBN News)

The federation said the ban will stay in place 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."

Iran does not recognize Israel as a country, calls for its destruction and has for years ordered its athletes never to compete against an Israeli.

The total ban comes after IJF suspended Iran last month for pressuring Iranian-born Saeid Mollaei to deliberately lose at the World Judo Championships Tokyo 2019 in August to avoid competing against Israeli competitor Sagi Muki.

Mollaei was defending his title at the championship. Instead of forfeiting the competition, he defied Tehran and continued fighting.

The federation reported that Mollaei feared for his life after Iran's deputy minister of sport, threatened his and his family's lives. IJF Media said that national security officers visited Mollaei's family home in Iran and threatened them.

"The IJF Executive Committee considered that such a conduct is intolerable," the federation said.

Mollaei is now hiding in Germany.

The ban is a major blow to Iran because the country's athletes are among the top in the world in Judo.

The Islamic Republic is expected to appeal the IJF decision at the Court of Arbitration of Sport in Switzerland. Tehran has 21 days to appeal.

The IJF previously said that any disciplinary actions taken against Iran will not apply directly to the 2020 Olympics because athletes are entered by the Iranian Olympic Committee, not the IJE.

However, Iranian judo athletes' international ranking, and thus their ability to qualify for the Olympics depends heavily on IJF events.

Israel's Culture Minister Miri Regev praised the ban but regretted "the heavy price Iranian athletes will have to pay because of their regime's decisions." Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

Appeals Court Overturns Ban on Prayer before Florida High School Football Games

FL High School May Let Student Start Pro-Life Club after Being Accused of 'Blatant Violation': 'Students Shouldn't Have to Threaten Legal Action to Have Their Voice Heard'

Congress Recently Made Animal Cruelty A Felony, but Won't Allow Vote To Protect Human Babies

This 'Special' Abandoned Pup, Born with an Extra Tail on His Head, Is Helping His Fellow Future Adoptees Find Homes

Canadian Family Sues School and Teacher after Their Little Girl Was Taught That 'Boys and Girls Are Not Real'

Turkey's Erdogan Vows to Protect Christians in Syria, Says Their Churches Will Be Rebuilt

Dr. Corinne: Grief during the Holidays; How It Can Affect You Physically, and How You Can Better Cope

Amazing Testimony: How God Helped This Teenage Girl Escape North Korea's Cruelty with Just a 'Mustard Seed' Faith

Wounded in Afghanistan, Marine Sergeant Finds Healing through Wife's Spirit-Filled Words

Pray: 1 Killed, at Least 5 Injured, in Shooting at California High School

'Hearsay': Impeachment Witness Claims 2nd Trump Phone Call, Other Dem Witness Testifies Concern on Biden's Son

Evangelist Alveda King: A Voice of Reason in the Midst of Impeachment Malarkey

Pray: The Jury Has Begun Deliberations In the Pro-Life Investigators vs Planned Parenthood 'Blockbuster Trial of the Century'

Israel Confirms Ceasefire with Gaza after 400+ Rockets Terrorize Israelis

Wisconsin Formally Recognizes Thanksgiving Week as 'National Bible Week'; and Confirms the State's 'Christmas' Tree

Tony Evans Becomes First African American to Publish Study Bible, Commentary

'I'm Going to Glorify (God) in Every Action': Jags QB Nick Foles Takes Reporters to Church in Mini-Sermon on Adversity, Injury

'Lives Being Changed' through Fields of Faith: Over 100,000 Have Committed to Jesus as Students Host Prayer, Bible Reading on Football Fields

Praise God: Boko Haram Finally Releases Kidnapped Nigerian Pastor Who Refused to Convert to Islam

'Massive': Over 150 Rockets Fired into Israel from Gaza; Leaders, Congress React



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement
BCN Store
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 
BCN Contact Info

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com