“It could even bring Iran closer to the State of Israel. It just shows how sport can unite and break down barriers”

Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei expected in Israel for Grand Slam in Tel Aviv
February 14, 2021

Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei, who fled his country after speaking out against the regime more than a year ago, is due to land in Israel on Sunday to participate in the Tel Aviv Grand Slam scheduled for February 18-20 at Shlomo Hall. “Saeid Mollaei is due to land at 9 am in Israel tonight,” a senior official from the competition’s organizing committee told state broadcaster Kan News on Sunday… Germany granted refugee status Mollaei in November 2019 after claiming he was coerced by Iranian officials to lose the competition before facing off against Israeli Sagi Muki at the World Judo Championship in Tokyo on August 28. READ MORE

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