The International Judo Federation (IJF) and Iran have been given one month by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to reach a settlement over the country’s suspension, said Arash Mir-Esmaeili, the head of Iran Judo Federation.
The IJF had suspended the Iranian federation from all competitions, administrative and social activities in September 2019.
Praising the Iranian delegation representing Iran’s case at the Switzerland-based court last Wednesday, Mir-Esmaeili said, “The CAS gave Iran and the world federation one month to reach an agreement.
“Otherwise, the CAS judges will issue a verdict by the end of the period that will hopefully come in our favor,” added the two-time world gold medalist.
Iran’s suspension came after the incidents at last year’s World Judo Championships in Tokyo and the controversy surrounding the then Iranian -81kg representative Saeid Molaei.
According to IJF, the world judo governing body had been informed that during the competitions in the Japanese capital Tokyo, Molaei intentionally lost to his Belgian rival to avoid a potential contest against an Israeli athlete.
Iran firmly rejected the allegations at the time.