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Iran Judo Federation calls suspension 'unfair' after being banned for ordering fighter to withdraw

(CNN)The Iran Judo Federation called it's suspension from international competition "unfair" after it was banned from all competitions for trying to make judoka Saeid Mollaei withdraw from the World Judo Championships. Iran's Mollaei says his coach received two calls from Iranian authorities ordering his fighter to pull out of the Tokyo tournament to avoid the possibility of meeting Israeli judoka Sagi Muki in the final.The 27-year-old ignored those warnings and after losing in the semifinals of the competition -- a result he says was affected by the emotional stress caused by the Iran officials request -- travelled to Germany to begin the process of applying for asylum. Mollaei said he feared for his safety and that of his family back ho ...