Mollaei feared for his and his household’s security after claiming he was warned by two high-ranking Iranian officers to withdraw throughout the latest occasion in Tokyo, Japan.
However Salehi Amiri, the president of Iran’s Olympic Committee, insists Mollaei and his household can be secure.
“We’ve got assured Mollaei that he and his household is not going to and haven’t confronted any threats or hazard,” Amiri advised Iranian state media.
“We assure that if he returns to Iran, we are going to welcome him like a champion with open arms.”
Mollaei, the defending 81 kilogram champion, was on track to fulfill Israel’s Sagi Muki within the closing, however he claims he obtained the calls forward of his third-round match and once more earlier than the semifinal, during which he misplaced to eventual champion Matthias Casse of Belgium.
After the occasion Mollaei traveled to Germany, the place the Worldwide Judo Federation (IJF) says he’s starting the asylum course of.
Nevertheless, Amiri stated messages from Mollaei recommend he’s “displaying curiosity in returning to Iran.”
Amiri added that Iran’s Olympic Committee has despatched “4 letters of grievance” to the Worldwide Olympic Committee in regards to the conduct of the IJF, which reported Mollaei’s story on its web site and adjusted its Twitter title to #ISupportMollaei.
He stated of Mollaei’s semifinal defeat: “Mollaei’s loss was genuine and the accusation that we deliberate it’s false.”
Mollaei blamed his loss on the emotional stress of the perceived threats, and insists he may have received gold with out the distractions.
IJF president Marius Vizer advised the Agence France Presse information company: “It’s our mission to guard our athletes — that is clear.
“We’ll do our greatest that he’ll compete within the Olympic Video games. Later we are going to see during which crew — there are completely different choices, however considered one of them can be utilized for the Olympics.”
The Worldwide Olympic Committee advised CNN in a press release Monday: “After studying in regards to the case, the IOC has requested a full report from IJF. Based mostly on this report we are going to additional consider the scenario.”