Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei, who fled to Germany after he mentioned he was pressured to throw matches on the 2019 World Championships in Tokyo to not should face an Israeli opponent, has been granted “acknowledged refugee” standing.
The standing permits Mollaei to reside legally in Germany, the place he has resumed his coaching with an eye fixed towards competing on the so-called refugee crew within the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Worldwide Judo Federation reported.
Secreted out of Tokyo to Germany through the World Championships in August with the assistance of Worldwide Judo Federation chief Marius Vizer, Mollaei confirmed that Iranian authorities and the Iran Judo Federation ordered him to withdraw from competing in such matches — one thing that has been suspected for many years.
Mollaei threw his semi-final match so he wouldn’t should face Israel’s Sagi Muki, who went on to win the gold medal on the 2019 World Judo Championships in Tokyo within the under-81 kilogram (179 kilos) class. He has been accused of faking accidents and deliberately dropping judo matches up to now to keep away from dealing with the Israeli.
Mollaei should now get hold of journey papers and proceed to take part in competitions on the World Judo Tour with a view to acquire factors on the World Rating Listing in order that he could make it to the Olympics.