Iran has been suspended from international judo competitions because it boycotts bouts with Israeli athletes.
Iran’s judo federation is accused of discriminating against Israeli athletes and breaking rules over manipulating competition results.
Mollaei has said he was repeatedly ordered by Iranian officials to lose matches or withdraw from competitions, including last month’s world championships, so as not to face Israelis. He is currently in hiding in Germany.
Iran does not recognize Israel as a country, and Iranian sports teams have for several decades had a policy of not competing against Israelis.
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