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VIDEO: Iranian wrestler banned after refusing to compete against Israeli

2018/02/18 | 19:25

(Iraq Now News)- ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – An Iranian wrestler has been banned for six months after he was found guilty of throwing a fight to avoid competing against an Israeli opponent, the world wrestling governing body said on Friday.

Freestyle wrestler Alireza Karimi, 23, has been found “in direct violation” of regulations for purposefully throwing a match last year, United World Wrestling (UWW) said in an official statement.

The incident occurred during the quarterfinals of the U-23 World Championship in Poland in November 2017 where Karimi intentionally lost to a Russian competitor.

UWW also banned the 23-year-old’s coach, Hamidreza Jamshidi, “for instructing his wrestler to lose so he would not face Israel’s Uri Kalashnikov in the following round.”

“The chamber found that [Karimi], on the instruction of his coach Jamshidi, willfully lost his quarterfinals match against Alikhan Zhabrayilov,” the UWW statement said.

“Both wrestler and coach were found to have acted in direct violation of the International Wrestling Rules and the UWW Disciplinary Regulations,” it added.

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