Watch: Iranian Judoka Says Toda, “I’ll Never Forget Israeli Kindness”

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Iranian champion judoka Saeid Mollaei (L.) and Israeli champion Sagi Muki (R.) at the Paris Grand Slam on February 10, 2020. (Instagram Sagi Muki screenshot)

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Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei won a silver medal Friday at the Grand Slam international judo competition in Tel Aviv.

Mollaei, who competed as a citizen of Mongolia, the country that offered him refuge after he fled Iran after he was ordered to deliberately lose the semi-final at the 2019 World Championships, took second place in the under-81kg category.

“Israel has been very good to me since I arrived,” Mollaei said, as reported by CNN, citing comments by the International Judo Federation. “The Israeli judo team has been very kind. That is something I will never forget.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)