Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei is a world champion. But now he faces a different kind of fight - for his future, his family and to compete at the next Olympics.
Iran has been suspended from the International Judo Federation for ordering an athlete to deliberately lose. Saeid Mollaei said he was told to throw his semi-final rather than risk facing an Israeli in the final.
Saeid Mollaei has said he threw a World Championship semifinal fight because Iranian authorities ordered him to avoid a possible gold-medal bout against an Israeli opponent. He spoke to DW about his predicament.
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