Iranian wrestler Alireza Karimi-Mahani said that he was forced to lose a match at the world championship, not to meet in the next battle with a rival from Israel. This recognition of the athlete made in an interview with Iranian media, The New York Times reported.
Saturday, November 25, at the world wrestling championship among sportsmen no older than 23 years in Poland Hazel-Mahiane fought with the Russian wrestler Alikhan Gavrilovym. For most of the fight the Iranians have been won against the opponent, but at one moment ceased to resist, allowing the Russians to win.
“The coach told me that the Israeli fighter defeated American and so I have to lose, not to fight the Israelis,” – said later Brown-Mahiane.
According to the athlete, he has spent months training to win the gold medal, and could easily win.
“I agree that Israel is the oppressor who commits a crime. But isn’t it oppression, when our government again destroy my hard work?” – said the Iranian.
Iran does not recognize Israel as a state and repeatedly threatens him with destruction. The authorities have banned Iranian athletes to compete against Israelis, and require them, if necessary, to abandon matches or simulate disease.
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