Rest in Peace Navid Afkari
12 September 2020: Global Athlete extends our sincere condolences to Navid Afkari’s family and friends. The Iranian Government took the life of an innocent human, an athlete, and a wrestler. Our thoughts are also with Navid’s two brothers who are still incarcerated in inhumane conditions.
We call on athlete solidarity to demand that the International Olympic Committee and United World Wrestling immediately implement sanctions that expel Iran from world sport for this heinous execution. The actions of the Iranian government are a clear breach of human rights; such acts cannot go unpunished. For executing an athlete, this government no longer deserves the privilege of competing in international sport.
Global Athlete would like to thank all athletes and athlete groups for speaking up in attempt to save Navid’s life. May he rest in peace.
We must not remain silent.
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