1005 GMT August 13, 2022
Iranian judo has been given the go-ahead by the International Judo Federation (IJF) to participate at the upcoming Islamic Solidarity Games.
IJF president Marius Vizer, in a letter with regards to the Iranian federation’s query, wrote on Monday that the international governing body of the sport “does not oppose in anyway the participation of Iran Judo Federation” at the event – starting August 9 in Konya, Turkey.
The announcement comes amid an ongoing case in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the Iran’s appeal against an IJF ban.
In September 2019, the IJF Disciplinary Commission had suspended the Iranian federation from all competitions, administrative and social activities for what the Budapest-based organization described as “repeated and very severe breaches of the IJF Statutes and the Fundamental Principles of Olympism.”
The IJF made the ruling following the incidents at the 2019 World Judo Championships in Tokyo and the controversy surrounding the then Iranian -81kg representative Saeed Molaei.
According to the IJF, the world judo governing body had been informed that during the competitions in the Japanese capital, Molaei intentionally lost to his Belgian opponent Matthias Casse to avoid a potential bout against the Israeli’s Sagi Muki in the final.
Iran has firmly rejected the allegations.
Arash Mir-Esmaeili, the president of the Iran Judo Federation, on Tuesday, welcomed Vizer’s letter as “a positive signal which offers a starting point for the development of the relationship between the IJF and Iran.”
Mir-Esmaeili added that the country will send a complete team of seven male and female participants apiece to the fifth edition of the Games, which will be held after a one-year postponement – caused by the coronavirus pandemic.