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  • World Olympians Association Statement on Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari


    Lausanne, 12 September 2020:

    A statement from Joël Bouzou OLY, President, World Olympians Association:

    “On behalf of the global Olympian community WOA today expresses its profound shock and sadness at the execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari. WOA stood with the IOC and President Thomas Bach OLY in their appeals for mercy and are gravely upset that their combined efforts were not successful.

    “Navid‘s dream to become an Olympian was cruelly ended, but this terrible time makes us even more motivated to build up athletes and Olympians as role models within society. They possess the power to transcend sport to promote diversity, tolerance and positive values that make a difference everywhere. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Navid’s family, colleagues and friends.”

    Joël Bouzou OLY
    President, World Olympians Association

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