Iran's Judo Champ
By Micah Halpern
Thursday September 19, 2019
I've Been Thinking:
Saeid Mollaei the Iranian Judoka who followed country's leaders’ orders and threw a match so as not to compete against an Israeli has been in hiding in Germany for fear of his life since the end of the competition.
He cannot contact his family in Iran for fear that they will be punished for his actions.
The fly in the ointment is that he really wants to compete in the upcoming Olympics in Japan but certainly cannot and will not compete for Iran. He now has no country.
Now there is a solution for Mollaei and others. The International Olympic Committee has created a special team for refugees for this very purpose.
But there is another problem --- an athlete of the level of Mollaei needs to practice and needs to internationally. That draws attention. He will not be able to stay underground for long.
Mollaei is in Germany under a sports visa he did not request asylum.
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