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 »
This was Israel’s judoka, Sagi Muki’s first world title after having won two gold medals at the European Championships in 2015 and in 2018.
– Egyptian competitor refuses to shake his hand after their quarter-final match.
– “Congratulations on your gold medal and thank you for the pride you bring us all as Israelis,” Tweets Israel’s President Rivlin.
By Oren Aharoni
TOKYO – Israeli judoka Sagi Muki, who competes in the under 81kg weight category, bested his Belgian opponent Matthias Casse in the final to win the gold medal at the Judo World Championship on Wednesday.
Muki got a fifth Ippon in six fights with a minute and 21 seconds left to end the match, and burst into tears as the referee declared him the winner. Continue Reading »