Radio Free Europe

RFE/RL journalists report the news in 22 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia.

https://www.rferl.org/

Iran Appeals Ban From International Judo Events

Iran’s Judo Federation has appealed against a four-year ban from international events for refusing to let its athletes face opponents from Israel.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said the Iranian appeal against an International Judo Federation (IJF) ruling was held by videolink on November 23. A verdict is expected to be announced in a number of weeks at the earliest. The provisional ban, which could be withdrawn if Iranian officials allow their athletes to compete freely, is set to run into September 2023. The IJF acted against Iran after former world champion Saeid Mollaei left the Iranian team in 2019 claiming he was ordered to throw matches at the world championships that year to avoid facing an Israeli opponent. Mollaei fled to Germany in 2019 and the International Olympic Committee last year allowed him to compete for Mongolia. He won a silver medal in the 81-kilogram class at the Tokyo Olympics in July. Iran does not recognize Israel, and Iranian sports teams have employed a policy of not competing against Israelis for the past several decades. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iranian athletes in September that they must continue to refrain from playing competitive sports against Israelis, even if they are disciplined by international bodies for it.

Based on reporting by AP

Related news
Travellers rush to leave South Africa amid Omicron covid-19 variant fears.

Travellers rush to leave South Africa amid Omicron covid-19 variant fears.

TRAVELLERS lined up at airports to exit South Africa on Saturday as Britain and other countries imposed restrictions on entrants from the region, following the discovery of a new coronavirus variant called Omicron. Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo Intern...

Man cheats death as crash catapults car onto oncoming car's hood #Shorts.

Man cheats death as crash catapults car onto oncoming car's hood #Shorts.

#Shorts MOMENT quick-thinking pedestrian cheats certain death as a driver who jumped a red light, is catapulted across the road in a high-speed crash. The red-light-jumper saw his vehicle crash land on top of an oncoming car's hood in chaotic scen...

Huckabee blasts Biden's hypocrisy with COVID travel bans.

Huckabee blasts Biden's hypocrisy with COVID travel bans.

Fox News contributor and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee calls out Biden's previous comments on COVID-related travel bans as the president restricts travel from eight African countries. #FoxNews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video:...

LIVE:  Boris Johnson holds press conference as Omicron covid-19 variant detected in UK.

LIVE: Boris Johnson holds press conference as Omicron covid-19 variant detected in UK.

BORIS Johnson will address the nation in a press conference at 5pm this evening after two cases of a mutant Covid strain were recorded in Britain. The PM will speak alongside Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Whitty tonight - as fears of an...

Ahmaud Arbery l 20/20 l PART 2

Ahmaud Arbery l 20/20 l PART 2

How Ahmaud Arbery’s mother found out he had been killed: Part 2 Wanda Cooper-Jones said police said her son was killed while committing a burglary, which turned out not to be the case.  "I knew the odds of getting justice for Ahmaud was not on my ...

1 176

Stocks tumble as new variant detected in South Africa, officials on high alert l GMA.

Stocks tumble as new variant detected in South Africa, officials on high alert l GMA.

The omicron variant has many mutations that health officials are investigating, but it’s still unknown if it’s more transmissible. Subscribe to GMA's YouTube page: Visit Good Morning America's homepage: Follow GMA: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Wa...