However the WPA, the main voice of organized gamers within the governance of world sport, has known as for Iran to be threatened with expulsion from worldwide sport with Afkari’s demise sentence looming.
“Navid was one in every of hundreds of Iranian residents who took half in spontaneous demonstrations that yr towards financial hardship and political repression in Iran,” stated an announcement from the WPA.
“Nonetheless, he has been unjustly focused by the Iranian authorities who wish to make an instance out of a well-liked, high-profile athlete and intimidate others who would possibly dare train their human proper to take part in peaceable protest.”
WPA director Brendan Schwab additionally known as on the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) to threaten Iran with expulsion from the Olympic motion.
In an announcement to CNN, the IOC stated it has been in “fixed contact” with the Nationwide Olympic Committee of Iran and the Iranian Wrestling Federation, each of that are “doing their utmost to facilitate an answer.”
US President Donald Trump additionally requested Iranian leaders final week to spare Afkari’s life, tweeting: “Listening to that Iran is seeking to execute an awesome and standard wrestling star, 27-year-old Navid Afkari, whose sole act was an anti-government demonstration on the streets. They had been protesting the ‘nation’s worsening financial state of affairs and inflation.'”
He added: “To the leaders of Iran, I might significantly recognize for those who would spare this younger man’s life, and never execute him. Thanks!”