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Judo federation bans Iran “from all competitions” over refusal to face Israelis

Iranian Judoka Saeid Mollaei, who was ranked #1 in the world, has remained in Europe, afraid to return home after he admitted Teheran ordered his deliberate loss to keep him from being matched with the Israeli Judoka at the 2019 World Judo Championships in Tokyo.

By i24NEWS – AFP


The International Judo Federation (IJF) said Tuesday it had banned Iran from competition over the country’s refusal to face Israeli competitors.

The federation issued a provisional ban last month while investigating a report that Iran had ordered a judoka to lose deliberately at the world championships to avoid facing an Israeli competitor in the subsequent round. Continue Reading »

Israelis take 3 metals at 2019 Baku Grand Slam Judo Championship

At the 2019 Grand Slam Championship, Israeli judokas Sagi Muki wins the gold medal, while Gefen Primo takes the bronze, and Tohar Butbul brings home a silver medal from Baku, Azerbaijan.

By Neri Weiss


The fact that Israel is an international judo power is already known to all. On Saturday, Israeli judokas continued to show superiority over the judo mat when they won three medals at the Grand Slam Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Baku Grand Slam 2019, -52 kg, PRIMO Gefen,- Photo: Sabau Gabriela/International Judo Federation

The first one on the podium was Gefen Primo, who won the bronze medal. Continue Reading »

Judo events cancelled in Tunis & Abu Dhabi for refusal to display Israeli flag

After refusing to display Israel’s flag or play its national anthem, Marius Vizer, president of The Int’l Judo Federation suspends the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and the Tunis Grand Prix Judo competitions, saying the federation “is committed to promoting the moral principles and values of Judo, Olympism and sport in general.”



In a victory for Israel and Sports Minister Miri Regev, the International Judo Federation announced Friday that it would cancel two upcoming grand slam judo events in Tunis and Abu Dhabi, because Israeli flags were not allowed to be raised.

Int’l Judo Federation president Marius Vizer, and Israel’s Sports & Culture Minister, Miri Regev.

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