Iranian judo celebrity Saeid Mollaei that maintained he was ordered to lose a world championship battle intentionally could compete beneath a refugee flag in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, officials said Sunday.
“It’s our mission to safeguard our athletes — that is clear,” Vizer told AFP.
“We can do our best that he’ll compete at the Olympic Games. Afterwards, we’ll see where group — there are various alternatives. However, one of them is going to be employed for the Olympics.”
Vizer was quoted by local press as saying that Mollaei had informed his pressure had been exerted on his loved ones in Iran, prompting him to shed to Belgium’s Matthias Casse at the semi-finals of their men’s 81-kilo course.
Germany’s interior ministry denied commenting on the situation when contacted by AFP in the weekend.
The IJF will announce on Monday, Vizer verified, but insisted: “First of all we’ll do everything to encourage the athlete so that he could continue his profession and take part in the Olympic Games.”
Vizer added an emergency meeting could be convened this week to inquire if Mollaei along with his household, had been the victim of governmental coercion or risks and then to choose whether to punish the Iranian judo federation.
“It is part of life and a part of those surprises that may occur,” explained Vizer.
“But we’ve got principles. Everything must occur in line with the statutes of this global federation along with the Olympic charter.
“Some states have different principles — they could apply those principles in their own country, but not in a global sports event,” he added.
“it is a particular circumstance. We must live with this and behave accordingly.”
Among a few of the colourful online and societal media reports, it had been claimed Vizer had reserved a car to whisk Mollaei in the entire tournament place in Tokyo into the airport at a bold escape.
Iran doesn’t recognise Israel, and Iranian passports remind holders from bold crimson they’re”unable to visit occupied Palestine”.
There have been previous cases of Iranian athletes being advised to shed to prevent facing Israeli competitions, most especially wrestler Alireza Karimi, whose trainer was captured yelling”Alireza you have to shed, the Israeli won” at a movie which went viral in 2017.
Karimi was suspended for six months for projecting his departure, while his trainer was banned for a couple of decades.
Vizer insisted that his aid Mollaei was a matter of”athletic values” rather than politics.
“I am not in favour or against any nation,” he explained.
“We are here to look after the interests, the ethics and the equity of this game.”