Israeli media hails ‘historic’ arrival of Iranian-born judoka

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Tue, 2021-02-16 16:48

JERUSALEM: Israeli media on Tuesday hailed as “historic” the arrival of Iranian-born former world champion judoka Saeid Mollaei, who now competes for Mongolia and has criticized the Iranian regime.
The 2018 world champion Mollaei was embroiled in a political row when he was reportedly ordered by Iranian authorities to throw a match to avoid facing off with the Israeli Sagi Muki.
Muki went on to win the 2019 world 81 kg title as Mollaei came third without fighting him.

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