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Kiyoshi Ota / Getty ImagesSaeid Mollaei of Iran, in white, takes on Antoine Valois-Fortier of Canada compete in the World Judo Championships in Tokyo on Aug. 28, 2019. Iran ordered Mollaei to withdraw so he would avoid competing against Israeli Sagi Muki. (Kiyoshi Ota / Getty Images)
The International Judo Federation banned Iran from participating in international tournaments on Tuesday after the country prohibited its athletes from facing Israeli competitors.
The IJF had issued a provisional ban last month following reports that Iran had instructed one of its judokas to throw a match at the world championships to avoid facing an Israeli opponent, The Times of Israel reported.
“Following the events, which occurred during the last World Judo Championships Tokyo 2019, the final suspension of the Iran Judo Federation from all competitions … has been pronounced,” the organization said in a statement.
The ban will not be lifted “until the Iran Judo Federation gives strong guarantees and prove that they will respect the IJF Statutes and accept that their athletes fight against Israeli athletes,” the commission’s official decision said.
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