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Iran appeals ban from judo for avoiding Israeli opponents

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Iran appeals ban from judo for avoiding Israeli opponents

The Iran judo federation’s enchantment in opposition to a four-year ban from worldwide occasions for refusing to let its athletes face opponents from Israel was heard on Tuesday.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport stated the Iranian enchantment in opposition to an International Judo Federation ruling was held by video hyperlink. A verdict is predicted to take a minimum of a number of weeks.
The IJF acted in opposition to Iran after former world champion Saeid Mollaei left the group claiming he was ordered to lose matches on the 2019 world championships to keep away from dealing with Israelis.

Mollaei fled to Germany citing fears for his security in Iran and later bought International Olympic Committee approval to compete for Mongolia. He received a silver medal within the 81-kilogram class on the Tokyo Olympics in July.
The IJF at first imposed an indefinite ban on the Iranian federation till its coverage of discrimination was modified. That was overruled on the CAS and the case was despatched again to the governing physique which settled on a four-year suspension in April.
The provisional ban, which may nonetheless be withdrawn if Iranian officers enable their athletes to compete freely, is about to run into September 2023.